Country Matters (1972– )
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The Watercress Girl 

Mary stands trial for throwing vitriol in the face of Elizabeth, her rival for the love of Frank.


Barry Davis


A.E. Coppard (story), Hugh Leonard (adaptation)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Fleetwood ... Mary McDowall
Gareth Thomas ... Frank Oppidan
John Welsh ... Fergus McDowall
Susan Tebbs Susan Tebbs ... Elizabeth Plantney
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Thorpe
Peter Cellier ... Archibold
Donald Eccles ... Judge
Kevin Lindsay Kevin Lindsay ... Clerk
William Simons William Simons ... Jesse (as Bill Simons)
Jean Rimmer Jean Rimmer ... Wardress
Rex Arundel Rex Arundel ... Dr. Ainsworth


Mary McDowell finds herself in court accused of throwing acid in the face of Elizabeth Plantney, a rival for the affections of Frank Oppidan. Mary and Frank had met when he wanted to buy some watercress. They were attracted to each other and soon were lovers. Frank very much wanted to marry her but she always refused him, without giving any reasonable explanation. Angry, Frank stopped seeing her and soon met Elizabeth with whom he became engaged. One night as they were walking along a country road, Mary suddenly appeared and threw the acid in Elizabeth's face, severely disfiguring her. Through flashbacks, Mary and Frank recount their story and important information not made public in court is revealed. Written by garykmcd

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16 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Carl Bernard died before transmission. See more »

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remembering it 35 years later
30 September 2007 | by HuckleberryGalSee all my reviews

I don't think I saw but a portion of it. I didn't own a TV in those days but would frequently drop by my parents house on Sunday evenings and catch some of Mstrpc Theatre with them. It was like torture to try to go home before the shows were over, so that I could get a good night's sleep before work on Monday morning.

What I remember so keenly about The Watercress Girl was the young woman standing in a stream. There was something so poignant about the lush foliage, the stream, the girl, and so on, that the mental image stuck with me, and even 35 years later it tugs at my heart.

If this show were released in DVD or video, I would be so pleased to see it.

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