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The Black Velvet Gown (1991)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 4 April 1993
In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Stone

Writers:

Catherine Cookson (novels), Gordon Hann
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Peck ... Percival Miller
Janet McTeer ... Riah Millican
Geraldine Somerville ... Biddy Millican
Brendan P. Healy ... Tol Briston
Jean Anderson ... Madame Gallmington
Christopher Benjamin ... Anthony Gallington
Wendy Williams Wendy Williams ... Grace Gallmington
David Hunt ... Laurence Gallmington
Aran Bell Aran Bell ... Stephen Gallmington
Jonathan Firth ... Paul Gallmington
Louise Lombard ... Lucy Gallmington
Madeleine Moffat Madeleine Moffat ... Jessie Hobson
Val McLane Val McLane ... Annie Griston
James Garbutt James Garbutt ... Doctor Pritchard
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Mr. Morgan
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In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown, and even educates her children. But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller's gifts, she vows to leave his house, but Miller has a hold on her, even after his death, when he leaves his house to her on the condition that she never marry. Riah's daughter, Biddy, grows up and becomes a laundress in a large house where her education keeps her from fitting in and makes her a target. But it also catches the eye of a son of the house, and with Miller's legacies, Biddy may yet find her way to happiness. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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10 February 2020 | by digiron91See all my reviews

Honestly I was just looking for some background noise while I worked for a tv movie made in 91 i found it looked a bit dated then that and the sound quality really wasn't good at all. It definitly has not aged well but I found myself rather engaged with the story. It was a bit choppy in places and a little vague but in the end I thought it had a good message. If it was remade today I think it could be better. The acting was so-so Biddy was a treat but everyone else seemed to fall flat.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo

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