A recently widowed mother loses her children to a cold mother-in-law in Ontario during the Great Depression.


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Complete series cast summary:
Shirley Douglas ...  May Bailey 65 episodes, 1996-2001
Kathryn Greenwood ...  Grace Bailey / ... 65 episodes, 1996-2001
Dylan Provencher Dylan Provencher ...  Hub Bailey 65 episodes, 1996-2001
Tyrone Savage ...  Fat Bailey 65 episodes, 1996-2001
James Carroll James Carroll ...  Max Sutton / ... 64 episodes, 1996-2001
Robin Craig ...  Toppy Bailey / ... 49 episodes, 1996-2001
Cynthia Belliveau ...  Honey Sutton / ... 39 episodes, 1996-1999
Dalene Irvine Dalene Irvine ...  Maisey McGinty 38 episodes, 1997-2001
Lynne Griffin ...  Callie Cramp / ... 31 episodes, 1997-2001


The bankrupcy of their hardware store forces Jack and Honey Bailey to move their young family to New Bedford, a small town where Jack's affluent family owns a silver mine. When Jack is killed in an accident soon after their arrival, his mother informs Honey that she is no longer welcome in the Bailey home. Knowing that she cannot support her three children on her own, Honey is forced to leave them with her mother-in-law while she looks for work in a nearby town. Set in Ontario in the 1930s, "Wind at My Back" follows Honey, her children and the Bailey family through the era known as the Great Depression. Written by Orson Wright <orwright@hotmail.com>

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1 December 1996 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Szelek szárnyán See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title of the series comes from the old Irish saying, spoken by Joe Callaghan about what his brother-in-law, Jack Bailey, used to say: "May the road always rise to meet your feet, and may the wind always be at your back." See more »


Referenced in The Boys Club (1996) See more »

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Loved this series so much!!
11 December 2013 | by maryl37See all my reviews

Having worked an afternoon shift for many years, I never watched the series until the last year. I was caught up in the story so quickly due to the fabulous acting by all the actors. I was born in the early thirties to family of six who went through many of the experiences in the story. We lived in a small town, went to a parochial school and saw our only brother off to war by train. Our greatest pleasure was playing outside with the neighborhood kids, swimming in the lake, and listening to the radio. Watching Wind At My Back is a very nostalgic experience. Many memories surfaced, both good ones and bad, which enabled me to work through some of the painful ones with a very different perspective. It felt as if the actors were my family and friends living in my neighborhood. I really miss this series and feel so proud that it was Canadian. I'd love to see a reunion of all these lovable actors. The whole crew did an outstanding job and I thank them so much for enriching my life.

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