Young doctor Owen Springer returns to Manchester to care for his ailing father and proceeds to fall in love with an older woman, who just happens to be married to his boss.

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Series cast summary:
Francesca Annis ...  Anna Fairley 6 episodes, 1997
Michael Kitchen ...  Richard Crane 6 episodes, 1997
Robson Green ...  Owen Springer 6 episodes, 1997
Conor Mullen ...  John McGinley 6 episodes, 1997
Julian Rhind-Tutt ...  Danny Glassman 6 episodes, 1997
David Bradley ...  Arnold Springer 6 episodes, 1997
Daniela Nardini ...  Viv Reid / ... 6 episodes, 1997
Debra Stephenson Debra Stephenson ...  Michelle 5 episodes, 1997
Kathryn Hunt Kathryn Hunt ...  Irma 5 episodes, 1997
Margery Mason Margery Mason ...  Myrtle Fairley 5 episodes, 1997
Kathryn Pogson Kathryn Pogson ...  Phyllis 3 episodes, 1997
Tony Barton ...  Decorator 2 episodes, 1997
Stephen Hoyle ...  Shy Kid 2 episodes, 1997


Young doctor Owen Springer returns to Manchester to care for his ailing father and proceeds to fall in love with an older woman, who just happens to be married to his boss. Written by Kelley O. <>

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18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Owen Springer: That's beer and marmite. You eat the toast, weep the beer. It gives a kind of yeasty taste.
Anna Fairley: That's disgusting!
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RECKLESS-----The Best Thing EVER On TV!!!!!

I saw RECKLESS when it first aired on PBS. It has stayed with me for 20yrs, I loved it so much. I could not get it out of my head; I absolutely adored everything about it. It's THE BEST thing Ever put on TV, or, anywhere else!! It was my first introduction to the gorgeous Robson Green. I fell madly in love, naturally! Francesca Annis, I've loved since Lillie Langtry. Some reviews have mentioned that it might not be up to par with Anna Karenina, simply b/c the narrator derides Paul Abbott's writing and warns viewers not to expect the likes of the classic. However, I think it's a harsh and unfair criticism. Reckless has all the drama of A.K., only with a lot more humor, grace, and sensitivity. I think it's an extraordinary tale of the human condition: of love, lust, jealousy, class warfare, age discrepancy, adultery, baby-out-of-wedlock, and divorce. All in all, the vicissitudes of life. And, just like real life, it's got a lot of funny bits as well. For me, it's just as compelling as Tolstoy's tearjerking account of life, only with a modern twist and with some laugh-out-loud moments, truly mimicking life is not all serious and maudlin....hopefully, anyway! Don't get me wrong, I Loved Anna Karenina, but I don't like the outright dismissal of Reckless, just b/c it's written in the 20th century. And if the narrator had not planted that silly comparison, I doubt that anybody would even bring it up! The acting here is stunningly superb!!! As in most British shows, the actors inhabit their roles so strikingly that it's hard to imagine them only as actors. As always, these phenomenal Brits put Hollywood to shame. I don't know what it is, the directing, the acting, the writing......all of it.....just comes across so realistically. Reckless is my absolute all-time favorite thing ever shown on screen. This and Oliver's Travels, also a British mini-series, (with Alan Bates) are a must-see!!

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