With the profits from a jewelry swindle, Thomas and Sarah open a successful haberdashery as Sarah announces she is pregnant.



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Episode cast overview:
Marion Mathie ...
Mrs. Bradley-Norton
Doreen Mantle ...
Mrs. Ryder
Mary MacLeod ...
Miss Jenkins
Dr. Gordon
Gertan Klauber ...
Neville Barber ...
Rev. Mr. Ryder
Harry Walker ...
Mr. Tremaine
Maggie Wilkinson ...
Rosie Meadows
Jill Graham ...
Mrs. Gilbert
Anthony Roye ...
Mr. Bradley-Norton
John Aron ...
Signor Bertone
Judith Turner ...


Thomas and Sarah take the ill-gotten gains obtained in a jewelry swindle and open up a successful haberdashery shop in a nice neighborhood, where Thomas' charm soon builds them a lucrative business and loyal clientèle. He proposes that they emigrate to America, but changes his mind when he finds out that she is pregnant, and both are thrilled to find themselves accepted as upstanding members of the community by their neighbors. However, things take a sinister turn when Thomas finds out in a chance meeting with the doctor that Sarah has been lying to him. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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11 March 1979 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Thomas and Sarah enter society!
10 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

AUGUST, 1911 This shows Thomas and Sarah at their most successful - owning their own business, doing well, and accepted into high society. However; Thomas has more ambitious plans of seeking their fortune in America. Sarah, understandably so, would rather stick to what she knows and does not wish to take the risk against many odds - and in a foreign country. Happy at what they're doing, she lies to Thomas and says she's expecting a baby in order to get him to 'postpone' their trip to the States for at least a little while, in the hope he'll become satisfied with his lot in England in time.

However; there's a twist in the tale; Thomas, quite by chance, finds out that Sarah has been lying to him. In equal measures; Sarah's 'really' is pregnant - but doesn't know it! When Thomas finds out Sarah's 'deception', he gets angry and is about to give Sarah a 'belting' (and for those in shock out there; this was what poor wives got for disobeying their husbands in Victorian/Edwardian times - thank God both times and men have changed!)

Thomas humiliates Sarah in public by revealing all their sordid past whilst invited to a high society dinner party. The shame of this - coupled with Thomas finally revealing his uncovering of her 'deception', Sarah collapses and loses the child neither were aware she was carrying in reality...

One of the very best episodes from the series.

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