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Wives and Daughters 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1999– )
The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.
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Series cast summary:
...  Mrs. Gibson 4 episodes, 1999
...  Molly 4 episodes, 1999
...  Mr. Gibson 4 episodes, 1999
...  Cynthia 4 episodes, 1999
...  Miss Phoebe 4 episodes, 1999
...  Miss Browning 4 episodes, 1999
Emily McKenzie ...  Maria / ... 4 episodes, 1999
...  Mr. Preston 4 episodes, 1999
...  Osborne Hamley 4 episodes, 1999
...  Roger Hamley 4 episodes, 1999
...  Squire Hamley 4 episodes, 1999
...  Lord Cumnor 3 episodes, 1999
Tonia Chauvet ...  Aimee 3 episodes, 1999
...  Mrs. Goodenough 3 episodes, 1999
...  Lady Cumnor 3 episodes, 1999
...  Robinson 3 episodes, 1999
...  Lady Harriet 3 episodes, 1999
Shaughan Seymour ...  Lord Hollingford 3 episodes, 1999
...  Sheepshanks / ... 3 episodes, 1999
...  Mr. Coxe 2 episodes, 1999
...  Lizzie Goodenough 2 episodes, 1999
...  Miss Hornblower 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Pilton ...  Mrs. Dawes 2 episodes, 1999
...  Mr. Henderson 2 episodes, 1999
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...  St. Hilaire 2 episodes, 1999
...  Lady Cuxhaven 2 episodes, 1999
Ben Illis ...  Mr. Wynne 2 episodes, 1999
Gordon Gostelow ...  Williams 2 episodes, 1999
...  Mrs. Hamley 2 episodes, 1999
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For many years, young Molly Gibson had lived a blissful sheltered life with her widower father. However, her world is shaken with the introduction of new acquaintances and situations. Molly becomes friends with a landed gentry family, which includes two brothers with very different temperaments. Meanwhile, her father marries a widow with a daughter close in age to Molly. Eventually, Molly becomes a trusted confidante for her new friends and family; but the secrets become burdensome, as the gossip begins to circulate about Molly herself. Written by L. Hamre

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Esposas e hijas  »

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The plum-colored caped coat and matching hat Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Lady Cumnor) wears to visit the Gibsons is the same costume Claire Skinner (Fanny Dashwood) wears to travel to Norland in Sense & Sensibility (2008). The hat is also worn in Byron (2003) by an extra at the London party where Byron meets Annabella Milbanke. See more »

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[to Mr. Preston]
Cynthia Kirkpatrick: I didn't sell myself. I liked you then, but oh, do I hate you now!
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Featured in The Best of Masterpiece Theatre (2007) See more »

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Surprisingly good and heartwarming
24 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

My wife was surprised that I sat out this whole miniseries with her. In fact, that was not hard at all. I loved the story, the performances, the wit and detail, the intelligence behind the dialogues and the storyline. Even though I could see the 'happy ending' looming large over the second half of the story, there remains a LOT to enjoy. The performances are so good (maybe with the exception of the two young brothers) that I can hardly believe the actors in fact have other characters than those they enacted on screen. 'Sense and sensibility' may be another fine Victorian adaptation, but I take this 'Wives and daughters' over it any time. Wholeheartedly recommended to anyone whose heart is not made of stone or cast iron.


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