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Stolen Lives 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 27 November 1994
Rachel Gant has been committed to an asylum for the past 38 years. Upon her father's death, her mother sees to her release - only to discover the dark secrets that have been locked away.


Patrick Lau


Simon Donald


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Episode credited cast:
David Rintoul ... Dr. John Finlay
Annette Crosbie ... Janet MacPherson
Ian Bannen ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
Jason Flemyng ... Dr. David Neil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Cownie Tony Cownie ... Workman
David Fox David Fox ... Alistair
Frank Gallagher Frank Gallagher ... Porter in Asylum
Monica Gibb Monica Gibb ... Mrs. Gilmore
Margo Gunn Margo Gunn ... Brenda Maitland
Anne Kristen Anne Kristen ... Rachel Gant
Edith MacArthur ... Izabel Gant
James Maxwell ... Dr. Nimmo
Phil McCall Phil McCall ... Mr. Strickland
Eileen McCallum Eileen McCallum ... Elspeth Strickland
Nancy Mitchell Nancy Mitchell ... Maisie Forfar


When Alec Gant dies, Janet finally learns what had happened to her best friend Hannah who disappeared when they were only 15 years old. Hannah was pregnant at the time and Janet, along with another good friend Elspeth Strickland, had assumed she had run away with the father of the child. Instead they learn from Hannah's mother, who knew nothing of her daughter's whereabouts, that Hannah's father had her put away in an insane asylum where, 38 years later, she still resides. They arrange for Hannah to come home but after being away for so long, she has trouble re-adapting to life in the community. It is also apparent that several are afraid of the secrets she may reveal. For Dr. Finlay, he has to come to terms with the truth when he sees the name of one of the doctors who committed the 15 year-old in the first place. Arden House is in a bit of turmoil as well as the workmen have started on Dr. Finlay's renovations. Written by garykmcd

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Stolen Lives
11 August 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There are elements of a story here that would cause revolt in Ireland a decade or two later.

Rachel Gant was and 15 years old and pregnant. Her father was a church elder and he put her away in an insane asylum.

After the death of Rachel's father, her mother finds out and calls for Janet MacPherson. She was a school friend of Rachel and Janet had always assumed that she had run away with the baby's father.

Dr Finlay is angry with Dr Cameron as he was one of the doctor's who signed to have Rachel committed. She has been put away for 38 years.

Now reunited with her elderly mother, Rachel has been institutionalised and getting too grips with ordinary life is not easy for her.

Dr Cameron who has injured his back playing golf is frustrated with Finlay's anger. He has a good explanation regarding his behaviour, if only Dr Finlay would listen.

The story is more than just a sane schoolgirl locked up. It did feel dated, no one seems to have considered that Rachel would have difficulty readjusting and forgot about her mother.

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