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Series cast summary:
Claire Skinner ...  Agnes Conway 3 episodes, 1997
Edward Atterton ...  Charles Farrier 3 episodes, 1997
Anne Reid ...  Alice Conway 3 episodes, 1997
Michelle Charles Michelle Charles ...  Jessie Conway 3 episodes, 1997
Julian Wadham ...  Reginald Farrier 3 episodes, 1997
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ...  Robbie Felton 3 episodes, 1997
Dinsdale Landen ...  Colonel Farrier / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Elspet Gray ...  Grace Farrier 3 episodes, 1997
Helen Morland Helen Morland ...  Nan Henderson 3 episodes, 1997
Anne Orwin Anne Orwin ...  Ma Felton 3 episodes, 1997
Frank Grimes ...  Arthur Conway 2 episodes, 1997
Amanda Royle Amanda Royle ...  Elaine Dawson Porter 2 episodes, 1997
Ronald Herdman Ronald Herdman ...  Doctor Bailey / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Shaun Mechen Shaun Mechen ...  Jimmy Felton 2 episodes, 1997
Dale Meeks Dale Meeks ...  Mike Felton 2 episodes, 1997
Moira Redmond ...  Nessy Forrester 2 episodes, 1997
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On the eve of World War I, Agnes Conway manages both the business and the problems of her troubled family. She finds the strength to break class barriers and help her sister Jessie marry a good boy from a family of dockside toughs. Is she strong enough to break them again when Charles Farrier, a gentleman, courts her over his parents' opposition? Agnes faces an added dilemma when she finds her heart divided between Charles and his soldier brother Reginald. Written by Debbie Vanderwerff

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8 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird See more »

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The title comes from Lord Byron's poem "L'Amitie est L'Amour sans Ailes" which translates to "friendship is love without wings." See more »

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Excellent.
19 December 2005 | by mfsorSee all my reviews

The middle classes were just as prejudiced as the upper classes were. The usual double standard, with the father having his mistress, and his wife bringing up the mistress's child, while refusing to show any sympathy for this child when she herself becomes pregnant. The attraction by the aristocrat for the shopkeeper's daughter did not strike me as real, nor did the aristocrat's mother refusal to see him. The premise that somebody from the real aristocracy would fall so easily in love with a shopgirl, well, I wonder how necessary it was to the story, whether something else could not have been invented for the purpose. The war scenes were well done. The lowest people of the classes were also a bit too nice (being dock people and all). But it was lovely to follow and the English towns were enjoyable.


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