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Period thriller serial. In the late 1880's reformed smuggler Freddie Musgrave has worked hard to turn a legitimate trade, but then a face from his past turns up threatening to ruin things for him.
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order)
Colin Buchanan ... Freddie Musgrave

Clare Higgins ... Maggie Hewitt

Hannah Yelland ... Belle Hewitt

Stephen Moyer ... Marcel Birkstead
June Whitfield ... Mrs. Birkstead

Marlene Sidaway ... Jinny Musgrave
Joanna Rowden ... Nancy Musgrave
Adam Ironside ... Young Freddie
Milton Johns ... Taylor (episode)
Malcolm Terris ... Sir Christopher Bell (episode)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Ainsleigh ... John Musgrave
Rachelle Arthey ... Mary Chambers
Elizabeth Carling ... Connie Wheatley
Tom Cotcher ... Dr. Clissold (episode)
Rod Culbertson ... Inspector Mitcham (episode)
William Finnigan ... Billy Venables (episode)

Tracy Gillman ... Mrs. Cummings
Vicky Hall ... Janey Slope
Stephen Hawksby ... Exciseman (episode)
Lynn Hender ... Biddy Wheatley
Terence Hillyer ... Larry Freeman
Anthony Howard ... Joe Pratt (episode)
Nicholas Lumley ... Frank Wheatley
Martin McGlade ... Mick Harper (episode)
Andy Mulligan ... Robert Musgrave
David Raynor ... Andy Stevens
Ken Richardson ... Callow (episode)
Joy Sanders ... Isabelle Gallagher
Leonard Silver ... (unconfirmed)
Michael Simkins ... Roderick Gallagher
Paula Wright ... May Harper

Directed by
Alan Grint 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
T.R. Bowen 
Catherine Cookson  novel

Produced by
Don Bell .... associate producer
Ray Marshall .... producer
Keith Richardson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Colin Towns 
Cinematography by
Alan Pyrah 
Film Editing by
Phil Cooke 
Casting by
Susie Bruffin 
Liz Vincent-Fernie 
Production Design by
Ashley Wilkinson 
Art Direction by
Julian Weaver 
Costume Design by
Morgan Elliott 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Dukovich .... makeup artist
Penny Hunt .... key makeup artist
Mark Phillips .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nael Abbas .... first assistant director
Lisa Jones .... second assistant director
Joanne Paisley .... third assistant director
Art Department
James Allan .... stand-by props
Geoff Blackburn .... props storeman
Ray Burridge .... stand-by carpenter
Gary Crumpton .... construction coordinator
Jimmy Garrett .... property master
Sean Ginnelly .... stand-by painter
Malcolm Law .... carpenter
Steven Leadbitter .... carpenter
John McKenzie .... pre-set props
Carol Payne .... production buyer
Siobhan Quin .... graphic designer
Andy Stephenson .... art department assistant
Richie Tongé .... stand-by props
Sound Department
John Coates .... boom operator
Jennie Evans .... sound editor
Nic Grant .... sound mixer
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Budd .... camera operator
Ken Campbell .... electrician
Moira Conway .... still photographer
Bob Dixon .... grip
John Haynes .... gaffer
Lew Hedley .... electrician
Nick Penn .... focus puller
Gavin Richards .... clapper loader
Robert Doe Wansey .... generator operator (as Bob Doe-Wansey)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cooke .... assistant costume designer
Samantha Crouch .... wardrobe assistant
Rosie Grant .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Alan Bishop .... colorist
Michael Brierley .... on-line editor (as Michael Jonathan Brierley)
Transportation Department
Darren Laws .... transportation captain
Other crew
Emmet Cahill .... floor runner
Diane Craig .... assistant accountant
Ann Gallivan .... script supervisor
Simon King .... location manager
Penny Lauder .... production coordinator
Sarah Rule .... production runner
Joann Steele .... production accountant
Gareth Williams .... assistant location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Catherine Cookson's The Secret" - USA (complete title)
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180 min (3 episodes)


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All Secrets Have To See The Light, 29 January 2006
Author: sexy_pisces_gal from United Kingdom

In 1980s Tyneside accountant Freddie Musgave (Colin Buchanan) has exceeded his dreams he is in a successful partnership with the clever and wily Maggie Hewitt (Clare Higgins) and women love him but it all threatens to be ruined by the arrival of old face Mr Freeman (Terence Hillyer). As a child Freddie used to smuggle drugs to Rod Gallagher's house The Towers across the river. until one night. Gallagher's first wife lies in labour screaming before Freddie that he is not the father of her child incensed Gallagher orders the child is drowned and sends Freddie away. Two years later Freddie returns the towers to deliver more drugs to Gallagher and a large quantity of diamonds but during the transaction the police show up and Freddie is hidden in the secret attic where he finds the child belle who he witnessed be born. Without thinking he runs away with her closely followed by Rod Gallagher but during the course of the evening Gallagher is killed and his diamonds and money are robbed from him. Now Freeman wants the diamonds and is convinced Freddie has them, but Freddie has more important things on his mind his fellow ward Belle (Hannah Yelland) the child he saved has fallen in love with handsome and wealthy Marcel Birkstead (Stephen Moyer) but things don't sit right and Maggie is forced to tell her two wards that the Belle and Marcel may share the same the father pressed by Belle to find out the truth Freddie visits the former maid of Gallagher's house Connie Wheatley (Elizabeth Carling) and learns Belles mother had an affair resulting in Belle. Delighted, Marcel and Belle marry despite Freddies bad feeling but soon Belle is worried, her new husbands behaviour is erratic and alarmingly worrying and he is away from home on business frequently . Meanwhile Freddie is arrested for the murder of Rod Gallagher prompting a dying Maggie to tell the truth of what happened that night forcing the authorities to release her ward. Following the loss of Maggie, Belle begins to feel totally isolated at The Towers even more so when she is assaulted by her husband and she begs Freddie to rescue her but Freddie has just found out Marcel's secret. A secret that means that both he and Belle are in danger. Can he get to her in time?

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