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The Prodigal Daughter (1975)

An elderly priest recruits a young woman as housekeeper in the presbytery he shares with two young priests, but temptation and jealousy soon sew discord and doubt in some minds.


Alastair Reid


David Turner


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Complete credited cast:
Alastair Sim ... Father Perfect
Jeremy Brett ... Father Daley
Carolyn Seymour ... Christine Smith
Charles Kay ... Father Vernon
James Berwick James Berwick ... Paul Ryan
Tiffany Kinney Tiffany Kinney ... Mary Fallon
Karl Howman Karl Howman ... Patrick O'Donnell


Three priests share a rectory. Father Perfect, the senior priest, (Alistair Sim) is a benevolent leader, if slightly wistful for the good old days before parishioners became more judgmental of the church. Father Michael Daley (Jeremy Brett), the youngest, is suffering a crisis of faith which comes to a head with the death of Sister Anuncia. Father Jeffrey Vernon, the least dynamic of the priests, comes to realize there is no moving up the ladder for him: he will always be pastoral assistant, never pastor of his own parish. Into this mix comes Christine, a young non Catholic woman in need of a job. She becomes the cook/housekeeper but herself has an anguished past. Her entry into their lives is sure to impact the future of all three priests. Written by Caroline Dunbar

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This play is included on the Special Edition "Cottage to Let" DVD. See more »


Father Daley: You, you think in terms of people every time, don't you?
Christine Smith: Well, what else matters?
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A minor teleplay, perhaps, but Alastair Sim and Jeremy Brett make it worthwhile
6 February 2008 | by Terrell-4See all my reviews

Alastair Sim was 75 when he starred in The Prodigal Daughter, sharing top billing with Jeremy Brett. It's the story of three Catholic priests and what happens when a young housekeeper is hired for them. Sim is the older parish priest, a man who is wise in the ways of the world and cooks terribly. Brett is a younger priest who undergoes a crises of his calling. While Brett wrestles with his nature and his conscience, Sim provides the foundation for Brett's decision, and does so without prejudging. There's not a great deal that can be explored in less than an hour, but both men are such accomplished actors they make the hour an interesting one. It's a solid teleplay for what it sets out to do. Once more Sim is the man you wind up watching despite a fine performance by Brett.

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5 January 1975 (UK) See more »

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