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A Woman of Substance 

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This mini-series charts the life of Emma Harte, from kitchen maid at the beginning of the twentieth century, to respected business woman and grandmother in the 1980s. From humble beginnings... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Jenny Seagrove ...  Young Emma Harte 3 episodes, 1985
Barry Bostwick ...  Major Paul McGill 3 episodes, 1985
Deborah Kerr ...  Emma Harte 3 episodes, 1985
Diane Baker ...  Laura O'Neill 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Chelsom ...  Edwin Fairley 3 episodes, 1985
John Duttine ...  Joe Lowther 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Egan ...  Adam Fairley 3 episodes, 1985
Mick Ford ...  Frank Harte 3 episodes, 1985
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ...  Arthur Ainsley 3 episodes, 1985
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ...  Gerald Fairley 3 episodes, 1985
Dominic Guard ...  Winston Harte 3 episodes, 1985
Del Henney Del Henney ...  Jack Harte 3 episodes, 1985
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Olivia Wainwright 3 episodes, 1985
Barry Morse ...  Murgatroyd 3 episodes, 1985
Liam Neeson ...  Blackie O'Neill 3 episodes, 1985
Nicola Pagett ...  Adele Fairley 3 episodes, 1985
Miranda Richardson ...  Paula McGill Amory 3 episodes, 1985
Joris Stuyck Joris Stuyck ...  David Kallinski 3 episodes, 1985
Meg Wynn Owen ...  Elizabeth Harte 3 episodes, 1985
George Baker ...  Bruce McGill 3 episodes, 1985
Megs Jenkins ...  Mrs. Turner 3 episodes, 1985
Harry Landis ...  Abraham Kallinski 3 episodes, 1985
John Mills ...  Henry Rossiter 3 episodes, 1985
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This mini-series charts the life of Emma Harte, from kitchen maid at the beginning of the twentieth century, to respected business woman and grandmother in the 1980s. From humble beginnings, Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove) starts her business with a small shop, but over the next twenty years, she expands her stores and invests in the growing textile industry in Leeds. By the time of World War II, Emma is the head of a major retail and manufacturing empire, but she has struggled all her life to find love. After an illegitimate daughter and two marriages, she finally meets the love of her life, Major Paul McGill (Barry Bostwick), but their affair is cut short by a tragic accident, leaving Emma with his daughter. In the 1980s, Emma (Deborah Kerr) faces one of her biggest tests, her children's attempt to remove her as head of her company, but she is far from the senile old woman they think she is, she is determined to stop them at all costs. Written by Stacey Mitchell

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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(5 episodes) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The store in London which is supposed to be "Harte's", is actually the real Harrods London. Harrods allowed the producers to film the store with a "Harte's" sign in place of the Harrods sign, in green with gold lettering, and even in the same style of lettering. Interestingly, Harrods does not include an apostrophe on its famous sign, but the sign for "Harte's" has one. Harrods also gave permission for scenes to be filmed in the interior of the famous London store. See more »

Goofs

The transatlantic liner Queen Elizabeth on which Paul McGill says he is booked to go to the USA in 1939 was not completed until 1940 and did not enter commercial service until after WW2, about 1946. He may have meant the Queen Mary. See more »

Quotes

Young Emma Harte: [to Gerald, after he has attempted to rape her early in the film] I mean to ruin you... all of you. The entire Fairley family.
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The Best Mini Series Ever!
18 May 2007 | by MarkAshtonLundSee all my reviews

This just has to be the best television mini-series ever produced. Based on the international best seller of the same name, with excellent actors against a backdrop of magnificent locations. Anyone who has read the book will only be more enchanted after they see the film. First, Jenny Seagrove has be one of the best actresses. Sadly I don't see her on much in the U.S. She plays the character of the young and ever determined Emma Harte brilliantly. The way she delivers the ice cold lines of revenge. She makes Joan Collin's Alexis look like a Sunday school teacher. This film also stars a young actor by the name of Liam Neeson as Blackie. When you see his performance in this film, you will know why he is a star today. And we must not forget that this is one of the last performances of Deborah Kerr. I believe her actual last performance was in the sequel to this film Hold The Dream. A Woman of Substance..always the Best!


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