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Series cast summary:
Jonty Miller Jonty Miller ...  George Rudd 121 episodes, 1985-1988
Cornelius Garrett Cornelius Garrett ...  Alan Stone 121 episodes, 1985-1988
Margo Cunningham Margo Cunningham ...  Shirley Campbell 121 episodes, 1985-1988
Anjela Belli Anjela Belli ...  Christina Scott 120 episodes, 1985-1988
David Cheesman ...  Bob Smith 115 episodes, 1985-1988
Steven Mann Steven Mann ...  Stephen Stone 82 episodes, 1985-1986
Cindy O'Callaghan Cindy O'Callaghan ...  Cally Johnson 82 episodes, 1985-1986
Shelley Borkum Shelley Borkum ...  Jean Briggs 76 episodes, 1985-1986
Keith Varnier Keith Varnier ...  Nicholas Howard 67 episodes, 1985-1988
David Kitchen David Kitchen ...  Paul Currie 65 episodes, 1986-1988
William Armstrong William Armstrong ...  Paul Currie 56 episodes, 1985
Victoria Burton Victoria Burton ...  Holly Parks 55 episodes, 1985
Ian Price Ian Price ...  Bobby Redmond 55 episodes, 1986-1988
Mark Tandy ...  Ben Colman 53 episodes, 1985
Wendy Murray Wendy Murray ...  Maggie Stone 49 episodes, 1985-1986
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Gems is the name of a fictional fashion design company based in Covent Garden and managed by the Stone brothers, Alan and Stephen, whose differences in outlook and temperament meant that the business was often in choppy waters. The professional problems and personal lives of the employees of the company are the focus of the soap's story lines.

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UK

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English

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2 January 1985 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Serial set in London's Covent Garden
5 October 2001 | by AlaGls1See all my reviews

Gems was a daytime serial networked by ITV, and broadcast 3 times a week Wednesday-Friday. It ran for three series, and was set in a small fashion house in London's Covent Garden. 'Gems' was a company ran by two brothers, Stephen and Alan Stone, who, despite being business partners had little in common, and therefore friction arose. Stephen was a designer with a roving eye for women, while Alan, who looked after the financial affairs was happily married with two children, however, in the second series Alan's wife was killed in a car crash, whilst doing some work for the company, and much of the latter half of the second season saw Alan trying to come to terms with his wife's death, and trying to look after their two young children alone. As Alan's involvement in the company became distracted, there were financial difficulties which forced them to seek an outside partner. The relationship was not a harmonious one, as their new partner was a financier and involved in big business, and Stephen distrusted the new partners motives.

The third and final series was something of an anti-climax and ended with the company being sold and Stephen deciding to go and live and work abroad.

The programme was well acted and produced, and was quite pacey and fast moving. Strangely, UK Gold, a satellite channel in the UK has never repeated this series, though it was made by Thames TV, for whom UK Gold hold the rights. The cast were not well-known, with the possible exception of GINA MAHER, an attractive girl who appeared in several comedy series in the late 80s/early 90s.


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