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21 January 2000 (UK) See more »
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 Summary - 29 of 31)
Joanna Rowden ... Nancy Musgrave (2 episodes, 2000)
Adam Ironside ... Young Freddie (2 episodes, 2000)
Milton Johns ... Taylor (2 episodes, 2000)
Malcolm Terris ... Sir Christopher Bell (2 episodes, 2000)
Daniel Ainsleigh ... John Musgrave (2 episodes, 2000)
Rachelle Arthey ... Mary Chambers (2 episodes, 2000)
Colin Buchanan ... Freddie Musgrave (2 episodes, 2000)
Elizabeth Carling ... Connie Wheatley (2 episodes, 2000)
Tom Cotcher ... Dr. Clissold (2 episodes, 2000)
Rod Culbertson ... Inspector Mitcham (2 episodes, 2000)
William Finnigan ... Billy Venables (2 episodes, 2000)

Tracy Gillman ... Mrs. Cummings (2 episodes, 2000)
Vicky Hall ... Janey Slope (2 episodes, 2000)
Stephen Hawksby ... Exciseman (2 episodes, 2000)
Lynn Hender ... Biddy Wheatley (2 episodes, 2000)

Clare Higgins ... Maggie Hewitt (2 episodes, 2000)
Terence Hillyer ... Larry Freeman (2 episodes, 2000)
Anthony Howard ... Joe Pratt (2 episodes, 2000)
Nicholas Lumley ... Frank Wheatley (2 episodes, 2000)
Martin McGlade ... Mick Harper (2 episodes, 2000)

Stephen Moyer ... Marcel Birkstead (2 episodes, 2000)
Andy Mulligan ... Robert Musgrave (2 episodes, 2000)
Ken Richardson ... Callow (2 episodes, 2000)
Joy Sanders ... Isabelle Gallagher (2 episodes, 2000)

Marlene Sidaway ... Jinny Musgrave (2 episodes, 2000)
Michael Simkins ... Roderick Gallagher (2 episodes, 2000)
June Whitfield ... Mrs. Birkstead (2 episodes, 2000)
Paula Wright ... May Harper (2 episodes, 2000)

Hannah Yelland ... Belle Hewitt (2 episodes, 2000)

Series Directed by
Alan Grint (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Writing credits
T.R. Bowen (2 episodes, 2000)
Catherine Cookson (2 episodes, 2000)

Series Produced by
Don Bell .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2000)
Ray Marshall .... producer (2 episodes, 2000)
Keith Richardson .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Original Music by
Colin Towns (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Cinematography by
Alan Pyrah (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Film Editing by
Phil Cooke (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Casting by
Susie Bruffin (2 episodes, 2000)
Liz Vincent-Fernie (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Production Design by
Ashley Wilkinson (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Art Direction by
Julian Weaver (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Costume Design by
Morgan Elliott (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Makeup Department
Jennifer Dukovich .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2000)
Penny Hunt .... key makeup artist (2 episodes, 2000)
Mark Phillips .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nael Abbas .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2000)
Lisa Jones .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2000)
Joanne Paisley .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Art Department
James Allan .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 2000)
Geoff Blackburn .... props storeman (2 episodes, 2000)
Ray Burridge .... stand-by carpenter (2 episodes, 2000)
Gary Crumpton .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 2000)
Jimmy Garrett .... property master (2 episodes, 2000)
Sean Ginnelly .... stand-by painter (2 episodes, 2000)
Malcolm Law .... carpenter (2 episodes, 2000)
Steven Leadbitter .... carpenter (2 episodes, 2000)
John McKenzie .... pre-set props (2 episodes, 2000)
Carol Payne .... production buyer (2 episodes, 2000)
Siobhan Quin .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 2000)
Andy Stephenson .... art department assistant (2 episodes, 2000)
Richie Tongé .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Sound Department
John Coates .... boom operator (2 episodes, 2000)
Jennie Evans .... sound editor (2 episodes, 2000)
Nic Grant .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2000)
Richard King .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Stunts
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2000)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Budd .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2000)
Ken Campbell .... electrician (2 episodes, 2000)
Moira Conway .... still photographer (2 episodes, 2000)
Bob Dixon .... grip (2 episodes, 2000)
John Haynes .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2000)
Lew Hedley .... electrician (2 episodes, 2000)
Nick Penn .... focus puller (2 episodes, 2000)
Gavin Richards .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 2000)
Robert Doe Wansey .... generator operator (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cooke .... assistant costume designer (unknown episodes)
Samantha Crouch .... wardrobe assistant (unknown episodes)
Rosie Grant .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Alan Bishop .... colorist (2 episodes, 2000)
Michael Brierley .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Location Management
Simon King .... location manager (2 episodes, 2000)
Gareth Williams .... assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Transportation Department
Darren Laws .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 2000)
Series Other crew
Emmet Cahill .... floor runner (2 episodes, 2000)
Diane Craig .... assistant accountant (2 episodes, 2000)
Ann Gallivan .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2000)
Penny Lauder .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2000)
Sarah Rule .... production runner (2 episodes, 2000)
Joann Steele .... production accountant (2 episodes, 2000)

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


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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
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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