The lives of William (an undertaker) and Mary (a midwife) cross. They become romantically involved, but what happens for the rest of the series is far less predictable.




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Series cast summary:
Martin Clunes ...  William Shawcross 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Julie Graham ...  Mary Gilcrest 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Cheryl Campbell ...  Molly Gilcrest Straud / ... 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Michael Begley Michael Begley ...  Rick Straud / ... 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ...  Doris 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Peta Cornish Peta Cornish ...  Kate Shawcross 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Ricci McLeod Ricci McLeod ...  Brendan Gilcrest 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Dominick Baron Dominick Baron ...  Terence Gilcrest 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Georgina Terry Georgina Terry ...  Julia Shawcross 18 episodes, 2003-2005
James Greene ...  Arnold 17 episodes, 2003-2005
June Watson ...  Mrs. Ball 16 episodes, 2003-2005
Catherine Terris ...  Mrs. Spalding 15 episodes, 2003-2005
David Kennedy ...  Billy Two Hats 14 episodes, 2003-2005
The Emerald Dogs The Emerald Dogs ...  The Band 11 episodes, 2003-2005
Paterson Joseph ...  Reuben 10 episodes, 2003-2005


The lives of William (an undertaker) and Mary (a midwife) cross. They become romantically involved, but what happens for the rest of the series is far less predictable.

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Two sides of life... One chance at love...


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Martin Clunes (William Shawcross) & Julie Graham (Mary Gilcrest) also worked together on two episodes of Doc Martin (2004) as Dr. Martin Ellingham & Maggie Reid respectively. See more »


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Fantastic series * * * * * * * * * *
8 November 2006 | by jamn6See all my reviews

Came upon this series by accident. I purchase many British TV DVDs from and this complete series was going cheap and being a great fan of men behaving badly, i thought lets give it a go.

We sat down one rainy afternoon and nine episodes later, said we must go to bed. This is a brilliant series, certainly not a comedy as some might think, there are many heart rendering moments. William (Martin Clunes) is an undertaker by default and Mary (Julie Graham) is a midwife so you can imagine death is around them but there is also so much joy. What a premise to a series, one partner brings new life in to the world and the other gently takes it away.

The writer and directors from the very first episode have built a tight and wonderful story based on the characters rather than the plot. Each character and there are many in each episode are acted perfectly. There are many twists and funny/sad moments especially in episode four.

I'm glad this show did not get under the radar, do yourself a favour and buy the entire series and then pass it on, but make sure you get it back , you will watch it again.

Thank goodness for British television - from Australia, we thank you.

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Release Date:

23 March 2003 (UK) See more »

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William and Mary See more »

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(18 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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