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Screen Two: Heaven on Earth (1987)
The Home Children
I remember watching this on PBS "Masterpiece Theater". It was the first Canadian production shown on Masterpiece Theater.
It is based on the "Home Children" project. The project's aim was to emigrate British children to Canada where they were adopted by Canadian families. Most of these children were orphans and abandoned children. As you can imagine some of these children were treated very well by these families, others were not. The program sent about 100,000 children to Canada between the 1860s to the 1930s (or 1940s according to some sources).
"Heaven on Earth" is loosely based around the plight of these Home Children. The story centers around 4 teenagers who are sent to live in 3 very different homes.
It is a very moving program and if you can find it on video or DVD (or if it's ever shown again on TV), I highly recommend it.