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A Dinner of Herbs 

A man gets killed and his woman friend agrees to take on his surviving children. But as the decades started passing by, the children soon become aware of some painful secrets from the past.






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Series cast summary:
Tom Goodman-Hill ...  Hal Roystan 4 episodes, 2000
Jonathan Kerrigan ...  Roddy Greenbank 4 episodes, 2000
Melanie Clark Pullen Melanie Clark Pullen ...  Mary Ellen Lee 4 episodes, 2000
Billie Whitelaw ...  Kate Makepeace 4 episodes, 2000
Tim Healy ...  Mr. Mulcaster 4 episodes, 2000
Kate Magowan ...  Martha Bannaman 4 episodes, 2000
Michael Glenn Murphy Michael Glenn Murphy ...  Pat Feeler 3 episodes, 2000
Hilary Gish Hilary Gish ...  Rosalie Bannaman 3 episodes, 2000
Michael Jayston ...  Justice Craig 3 episodes, 2000
Steve Ramsden Steve Ramsden ...  Bill Lee 3 episodes, 2000
Ivan Kaye ...  Dan Bannaman 3 episodes, 2000
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ...  Dr. Brunton 3 episodes, 2000
Debra Stephenson Debra Stephenson ...  Kate Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
Joseph May ...  Ben Hamilton 3 episodes, 2000
Donna Air ...  Maggie Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ...  John Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
Phil K. Matthews Phil K. Matthews ...  Gabriel Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
John Castle ...  Alfred Cottle 3 episodes, 2000
Sebastian Dunn ...  Charles Bentley 3 episodes, 2000
Judi Earl Judi Earl ...  Annie 3 episodes, 2000
Mike Milligan Mike Milligan ...  Terry 3 episodes, 2000
Arkie Whiteley Arkie Whiteley ...  Madeleine Cottle 3 episodes, 2000
Bill Fellows ...  Peter Greenbank 2 episodes, 2000
Daniel Appleby Daniel Appleby ...  Young Roddy 2 episodes, 2000
David Threlfall ...  Hal Royce (older) 2 episodes, 2000
Jane Arden Jane Arden ...  Maryellen (older) 2 episodes, 2000
Anna Madeley ...  Florrie Roystan 2 episodes, 2000
Heather Chapman Heather Chapman ...  Marie Watford 2 episodes, 2000
Paul Dodds Paul Dodds ...  Harry Baker 2 episodes, 2000
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Roddy Greenbank 2 episodes, 2000
Adam Gibb Adam Gibb ...  James Bannaman / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Goulding ...  Bentley / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Anthony Higginson Anthony Higginson ...  Vicar 2 episodes, 2000
Daniel J. Lake Daniel J. Lake ...  Lennie Davison 2 episodes, 2000
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ...  Mr. Davison 2 episodes, 2000
Barbara Peirson Barbara Peirson ...  Mrs. Davison 2 episodes, 2000
Sonny Rooney Sonny Rooney ...  Young Ben 2 episodes, 2000
Grace Stilgrove Grace Stilgrove ...  Eva Watford 2 episodes, 2000
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A man gets killed and his woman friend agrees to take on his surviving children. But as the decades started passing by, the children soon become aware of some painful secrets from the past.

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Sometimes friendship has a bitter taste.


Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

24 November 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine Cookson's A Dinner of Herbs See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Love Lust and Murder make the Perfect Ingredients
22 May 2005 | by sexy_pisces_galSee all my reviews

A Dinner of Herbs is the last offering from Catherine Cookson. A tale of lust, hate, and murder. It follows the lives of three friends, Roddy Greenbank (Jonathon Kerrigan) a artistic orphan who is raised by his dead fathers long-time friend Kate Makepeace (Billie Whitelaw), Hal Roystan (Tom Goodman Hill) a tough mill worker who is also orphaned after his father is murdered, and Mary-Ellen Lee a pretty housemaid who has openly yearned for Roddy since the day they met When it emerges that the same man killed both Roddy and Hals father, Roddy sets about becoming an artist and leaves his home village of Langley, leaving Mary-Ellen pregnant and Kate ashamed of the boy she raised as her own. Further heartache occurs when Hal is nearly murdered by his fathers killers daughter and events spurns Mary-Ellen to realising that she cannot lose the man she has grown to love. The story picks up twenty five years later Hal and Mary-Ellen have made a success out of a farming life and Kate (Debra Stephenson) Roddy and Mary-Ellen's daughter is beautiful and kind and set for marriage until she's jilted on the big day by the groom. She soon meets Ben Hamilton (Joseph May) a reclusive and handsome American millionaire who has a painful past to hide. Kate soon embarks upon a passionate affair with him and believes she has found the perfect man. But when Ben reveals his true identity to Kate, their endless love is put to the test in the most trying of circumstances.

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