UK / Channel 4 – Portman / 3×96 minute episodes / AIRDATES: 2 – 4 January 1985
Writer: Lee Langley / Novel: Barbara Taylor Bradford / Producer: Diane Baker
Period drama serial A Woman of Substance was a massive hit for Channel 4 in it’s earliest years and was set at the turn of the Twentieth Century where Yorkshire lass Emma Harte rises from her poverty stricken background to become a millionairess department store owner.
The series began with the older Emma Harte then switched to flashback mode to tell the story of her rise to power. This was a real all star cast classic mini series with Deborah Kerr and Jenny Seagrove playing Emma old and young and a youngish Liam Neeson as chief love interest.
There was a sequel called Hold The Dream.
JENNY SEAGROVE as Young Emma
DEBORAH KERR as Emma Harte
LIAM NEESON as Blackie
JOHN MILLS as Henry Rossiter
GEORGE BAKER as Bruce McGill
MIRANDA RICHARDSON as Paula
DIANE BAKER as Laura Spencer
NICOLA PAGETT as Adele Fairley
GAYLE HUNNICUTT as Olivia
BARRY MORSE as Murgatroyd