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To Be the Best (1992)

The Barbara Taylor Bradford trilogy that began with "A Woman of Substance", ends with this epic tale. Paula O' Neill feuds with her cousins as she fights to save her grandmother's business, and struggles to salvage her marriage.

Director:

Tony Wharmby

Writers:

Barbara Taylor Bradford (novel), Elliott Baker (teleplay) (as Elliot Baker)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Wagner ... Paula O'Neill
Anthony Hopkins ... Jack Figg
Stephanie Beacham ... Arabella
Christopher Cazenove ... Jonathan Ainsley
Stuart Wilson ... Jack Miller
James Saito ... Tony Chiu
Fiona Fullerton ... Madelena
Gary Cady Gary Cady ... Philip
David Robb ... Shane O'Neill
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ... Sarah Pascal
Christopher Blake Christopher Blake ... Sandy
Thomas Ewbank Thomas Ewbank ... Patrick
Julian Fellowes ... Dennis
Rob Freeman ... Harvey G. Rawson
Rupert Bates Rupert Bates ... Burrows
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The Barbara Taylor Bradford trilogy that began with "A Woman of Substance", ends with this epic tale. Paula O' Neill feuds with her cousins as she fights to save her grandmother's business, and struggles to salvage her marriage.

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Release Date:

2 August 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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What a let-down!
31 March 2012 | by rawiri42See all my reviews

After watching the previous two episodes in this trilogy, I wouldn't have even known this was IN the series were it not for the character names! Jenny Seagrove was BRILLIANT as Emma Harte and very good as Paula O'Neill but, for some reason (and I strongly suspect that she, herself declined this third part! I would have!) as another commentator has already asked, why on earth was an American actress cast as an English businesswoman?

Of particular interest though was the continuity not better adhered to between episodes? In Hold the Dream (the second in the series) There is an excellent close-up of Emma Harte's grave where the inscription reads, "In loving memory of Emma Harte Lowther-Ainsley who died 15th Jan 1986 aged 80 years. Sadly Missed by All" whilst, in this film there is also a very good close-up of her gravestone with the inscription, "I loving memory of Emma Harte 1889 - 1970". If the producers can't do better than this, then perhaps they are in the wrong business! Mind you, after this long, perhaps they HAVE found their true calling - and it won't be in filmmaking!

Whilst the first episode "A Woman of Substance" was a classic British production (and, by the way, still the biggest audience record-holder for Channel 4 in England), this final episode is more like a pretty poor version of "Days of OUr Lives" or "The Bold and the Beautiful"!

By the way, just in passing, does anyone else think that Jenny Seagrove is a double of Elizabeth Montgomery (of "Bewitched" fame)? I wonder if Jenny can wiggle her nose!


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