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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregor Dewhurst
Lord Simon McNichols
Alex Dewhurst
Suzanne von Borsody ...
Lady Elizabeth 'Liz' Dewhurst
Julie Tsang ...
Mr. David Sharp
Colette O'Neil ...
Mrs. Lawson
Richard Addison ...
Mr. Hamilton
Louis Goodwin ...
Simon Aged 5
Skye Fletcher ...
Liz Aged 10
Hary Prinz ...
Charles Jamieson ...
Donald Price


An aristocratic Scottish family is torn apart after the death of its wayward male heir in a horse riding accident. Mourning the loss of her younger brother Lady Elizabeth Dewhurst's marriage collapses and she is left to run the financially precarious estate alone. Can the arrival of a charming classics professor to research his book in the family's historic library remind Liz how to love again? Written by scriptdoctor

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26 December 2007 (Germany)  »

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Robin Pilcher - Am Anfang war die Liebe  »

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Scottish aristocratic family confronts family tragedy and hard times
3 March 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Robin Pilcher's "Starting Over" -- I bought this as a two-movie DVD set with "A Risk Worth Taking", and was amazed that the DVD cover-synopsis failed to match the story I watched. Having checked some web-sites, it seems that the FILM used the names of the characters in the novel, but NOTHING else. Here is the FILM's synopsis. Aristocratic Liz (descendant and inheritor-owner of a grand Scottish estate -- VERY picturesque!) is profoundly distressed when her younger brother (who she has cared for an raised since her father died when she was young) is killed in a riding accident, racing with her husband. (Her husband and her brother have always been friends, but competitive.) Blaming her husband, she banishes him to the estate's gate house. She feels numb and is also suffering from the natural (apparent) weakening of affection with her husband of many years. The dead brother had bungled finances, and the result is that his debts and the mortgage on the estate COULD be reason for the family's bank to intervene. The family's self-serving and unscrupulous financial adviser tries to take advantage of the situation, manipulating the bank so it exerts pressure on the confused wife to sell part of the estate to a crass property developer. This financial adviser also manipulates a still-besotted, but financially vulnerable early girl-friend of the estranged husband, hoping to distract, manipulate, and ensnare him. Meanwhile, struggling in his undergraduate studies, the son of the estranged couple uses an obscure out-of-print book as a source in one of his university essays. When his footloose bachelor American Classics professor queries this, the son explains that his grandfather collected old travel books, and the son used one of these from the estate's private library. Intrigued, the professor arranges to visit the estate, inspect the family library, and meet the unhappy wife, ... There are, eventually, obvious, but very satisfying romantic, and economic resolutions. John Gough --

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