The relationship between childhood sweethearts, a farmer's daughter and boy from a rich family, turns tumultuous in this modern interpretation of Wuthering Heights

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Series cast summary:
Sarah Smart ...  Carol Bolton 3 episodes, 2002
Joe McFadden ...  Andrew Lawton 3 episodes, 2002
Alun Armstrong ...  Richard Bolton 3 episodes, 2002
Nicholas Farrell ...  Paul Lawton 3 episodes, 2002
Celia Imrie ...  Kate Lawton 3 episodes, 2002
April James April James ...  Young Lisa Bolton / ... 3 episodes, 2002
Richard Armitage ...  John Standring 3 episodes, 2002
Siobhan Finneran ...  Sue Bolton 2 episodes, 2002
Jessica Harris Jessica Harris ...  Tessa Gillespie 2 episodes, 2002
Tony Monroe ...  Ray Greenwood 2 episodes, 2002
Camilla Power ...  Becky Lawton 2 episodes, 2002
Susan Tordoff Susan Tordoff ...  Claire 2 episodes, 2002
Holliday Grainger ...  Older Lisa Bolton 2 episodes, 2002
Kate Anthony ...  Jenny Bullock 2 episodes, 2002
Nicky Evans Nicky Evans ...  Connor 2 episodes, 2002
John Elkington John Elkington ...  Bank Manager 2 episodes, 2002


The relationship between childhood sweethearts, a farmer's daughter and boy from a rich family, turns tumultuous in this modern interpretation of Wuthering Heights

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Love, power, sex, relationships and jealousy
9 September 2002 | by elvstedSee all my reviews

Sparkhouse is an update of the classic Wuthering Heights in which the roles of Cathy and Heathcliff are reversed i.e. it is the female character Carol who is the rebellious one in the relationship and is set in present day.

This is one of the most moving TV dramas that I have watched in a long time which owes both to the excellent script and the acting of the cast. Sarah Smart (Carol) and Joseph McFadden (Andrew) have such strong chemistry between them that you really believe in the intensity of heir relationship and are able to understand the motives for all of their actions. Beyond this, what really makes the story so is emotional is the supporting characters. Alun Armstrong plays Carols father with such sensitivity that although you know you should hate him as much as Carol does, you can't help feeling some of the pain he is going through.

On the other side Andrew's, parents add more depth to the story by their constant arguing and hate of each other yet their resilience to stay together both because of Andrew and because they do not know what to out outside of the marriage.

Sparkhouse emotionally illustrates differences between love and sex and shows that while some relationships are necessary for survival, others are so raw and uncontrolled that they can become a destructive power to all involved. There is a fine line between love and jealousy

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