Maureen is an Irishwoman, happily married and living in Germany. Or so she thinks. When her husband dies, she finds that not only had he debts, but was also a bigamist, having had a second ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Brenda Fricker ...  Maureen Lessing 2 episodes, 1999
Robin Laing ...  Brian Lessing 2 episodes, 1999
Karen Ardiff Karen Ardiff ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1999
Benjamin Butler Benjamin Butler ...  Jamie Becker 2 episodes, 1999
Terry Byrne Terry Byrne ...  Alfred 2 episodes, 1999
Peter Caffrey Peter Caffrey ...  Sean Mullen 2 episodes, 1999
Paul Copley ...  James Lessing 2 episodes, 1999
Jonathan Coy ...  Maj. Pinkerton 2 episodes, 1999
Adrian Dunbar 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Gimbel Thomas Gimbel ...  Priest 2 episodes, 1999
Kerstin Gähte Kerstin Gähte ...  Eva's mother 2 episodes, 1999
Hans Karl Hell Hans Karl Hell ...  German mourner 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Huber Thomas Huber ...  Bank manager 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Hudson ...  Medic #1 2 episodes, 1999
Mavie Hörbiger Mavie Hörbiger ...  Eva 2 episodes, 1999
Leslie Malton Leslie Malton ...  Andrea 2 episodes, 1999
Ruth McCabe ...  Nora Mullen 2 episodes, 1999
Susan McFadden Susan McFadden ...  Jenny Mullen 2 episodes, 1999
Katie Monnelly Katie Monnelly ...  Niamh Mullen 2 episodes, 1999
Joan O'Hara Joan O'Hara ...  Bridget Mullen 2 episodes, 1999
Harriet Owen Harriet Owen ...  Maeve Lessing 2 episodes, 1999
Dieter Pfaff Dieter Pfaff ...  Hans Reiner 2 episodes, 1999
Georg Prang Georg Prang ...  Medic #2 2 episodes, 1999
Jonty Stephens Jonty Stephens ...  Brig. Black 2 episodes, 1999
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ...  Liza Becker 2 episodes, 1999
Stefan Weinert ...  Policeman #1 2 episodes, 1999
Neela Whang Neela Whang ...  Ward sister 2 episodes, 1999


Maureen is an Irishwoman, happily married and living in Germany. Or so she thinks. When her husband dies, she finds that not only had he debts, but was also a bigamist, having had a second wife and family in Ireland. Shocked and angry, she travels there to meet the other family. And she learns that they have troubles of their own, the worst of them being that the other woman's young son is suffering from leukemia and a suitable bone marrow donor is urgently needed.

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UK | Germany | Ireland



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1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fremde Verwandte See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Interesting story rather drawn out
19 January 2003 | by Keith F. HatcherSee all my reviews

Realistic story which maintains interest, though three quarters of an hour could have been cut without much loss. Shown here in one near three hour instalment, the tendency was to come up against almost soap-opera saga, though far less ephimeral in import.

Reasonably good performances crowned by an exceptional Brenda Fricker who more or less saves the day with her steady interpretation; if `her' two adolescent children started off a little weak, their playing improved later on. Lena Stolze was quite convincing in her role.

Apart from that, this is more or less a standard TV production with nothing specific to make it stand out. The car accident on the autobahn was magnificently done. However: the story line makes its impact as you get further into the film, and human emotions become the centre of development in this drama.

Nicely filmed around Dusseldorf, but especially in Dublin and Bray, Eire. The accompanying music is not up to much.

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