The series follows a ruthless 19th century Northumberland Squire, Thomas Mallen, and the tumultuous lives of his multiple illegitimate children distinguishable by a white streak in their hair.
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Series cast summary:
Caroline Blakiston ...  Anna Brigmore / ... 13 episodes, 1979-1980
Mary Healey ...  Mary Peel 11 episodes, 1979-1980
Gillian Lewis Gillian Lewis ...  Jane Radlet 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Matthew Long Matthew Long ...  Harry Bensham 8 episodes, 1979-1980
John Duttine ...  Donald Radlet 7 episodes, 1979
Ian Saynor ...  Matthew Radlet 7 episodes, 1979
Pippa Guard ...  Barbara Farrington 7 episodes, 1979
Julia Chambers Julia Chambers ...  Constance Radlet / ... 7 episodes, 1979
June Ritchie ...  Constance Radlet 6 episodes, 1980
Juliet Stevenson ...  Barbara Mallen / ... 6 episodes, 1980
Gerry Sundquist ...  Michael Radlet 6 episodes, 1980
John Southworth John Southworth ...  Michael Radlet Sr. 6 episodes, 1979
Neil Dickson ...  John Bensham 6 episodes, 1979-1980
Jeremy Clay Jeremy Clay ...  Jim Waite 6 episodes, 1980
Julie Shipley Julie Shipley ...  Sarah Waite 6 episodes, 1980
Michael Thomas Michael Thomas ...  Dan Bensham 6 episodes, 1980
Victoria Williams Victoria Williams ...  Kate Bensham 6 episodes, 1980
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The series follows a ruthless 19th century Northumberland Squire, Thomas Mallen, and the tumultuous lives of his multiple illegitimate children distinguishable by a white streak in their hair.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

29 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Mallens See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(7 episodes)

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Color
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Unwatchable
25 September 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

It's not often I have to reach for the 'off' button but that was the case with THE MALLENS, an early Catherine Cookson adaptation which has dated so badly it's completely unwatchable.

The main problem with this show is the lack of quality. The set-bound approach to the drama looks cheap and cheesy, little better than a particularly poor episode of Baker-era DR WHO. All BBC drama from this era has the same problem because of the use of now-dated cameras. It IS forgivable - but only if the script and characters make up for it. Unfortunately, both are dull here.

The acting is straight off the stage and completely unconvincing. The characters are weak without a likable lead in sight. It takes ages for anything in the way of plot development to occur, and when it does it's often laughable. The picturesque northern locales are great, but it's not enough to keep watching. The various 1990s-era Cookson adaptations are a million times better than this.


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