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Complete series cast summary:
Kristin Scott Thomas ...  Anna / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ...  Peggy 6 episodes, 1993
Anthony Valentine ...  Stan Beattie 6 episodes, 1993
Amanda Redman ...  Lynn / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Tracy Keating Tracy Keating ...  Sister Dominic 6 episodes, 1993
Dorothy Tutin ...  Mother Emmanuel 6 episodes, 1993
Gary Mavers ...  Hal 5 episodes, 1993
Ben Hinitt Ben Hinitt ...  Matt Gibson 5 episodes, 1993
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ...  Sister Vincent 5 episodes, 1993
Helena McCarthy Helena McCarthy ...  Sister Aelred 5 episodes, 1993
Pamela Duncan Pamela Duncan ...  Sister Peter 5 episodes, 1993
Maggie Lane Maggie Lane ...  Rene 5 episodes, 1993
Madeleine Christie Madeleine Christie ...  Sister Godric 5 episodes, 1993
Mary Wray ...  Sylvie 5 episodes, 1993
Olive Pendleton Olive Pendleton ...  Sister Thomas-A-Kempis 5 episodes, 1993
Rebecca Harries Rebecca Harries ...  Sister Rosalie 5 episodes, 1993
Vicky Devon Vicky Devon ...  Linda 5 episodes, 1993
Joanna Swain Joanna Swain ...  Doris 5 episodes, 1993
Joshua Smith Joshua Smith ...  Jamie Gibson 5 episodes, 1993
Olga Grahame ...  Dawn 5 episodes, 1993
Eileen Davies ...  Sister Julian 4 episodes, 1993
Caroline O'Neill ...  Leila 4 episodes, 1993
John Bowe ...  Daniel Stern 3 episodes, 1993
Patrick Allen ...  Walter Street 3 episodes, 1993
Kulvinder Ghir ...  Terry Singh 3 episodes, 1993


A nun, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, leaves the convent temporarily to help save her family knitting mill from bankruptcy following the death of her brother. Outside the convent she becomes a fairly shrewd businesswoman and feels attracted to one of the men who work at the mill, and thus begins to feel conflict about her religious vows. Written by Anonymous

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As good as this series was, the book was better.
20 November 2000 | by Julie-30See all my reviews

I've read the book countless times, and the series pales in comparison. I thought that the writers of the teleplay made more changes than were absolutely necessary (why change the family's name, for example?), and that some of the spirit of the book was missing.

I have always regarded this book as the story of a woman who comes of age both spiritually and emotionally. She has to decide what is important to her, and why. In the book, her struggle to make the best decisions for her future is played out more. We see more of her relationship with the other nuns, and we see how her leaving affects them. In the film, the only other nun we really get to see is Sister Dominic.

In the film, her reasons for leaving appeared to be more cut and dry. In the book there is a lot more nuance. I can't not recommend the film, but I can recommend that those who liked it read the book. It's beautiful.

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