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Act Of Will (ITV 1989 with Elizabeth Hurley and Victoria Tennant)

UK / ITV Network – Tyne Tees – Portman / 4×60 minutue episodes / Broadcast 15 September – 6 October 1989

Writer: Jill Hyem / Novel: Barbara Taylor Bradford / Music: Barrie Guard / Production Design: Harry Pottle Costumes: Emma Porteus / Producers: Ian Warren, Victor Glynn / Executive Producer: Tom Donald / Director: Don Sharp

Period drama serial Act of Will follows orphan girl Audra in the 1920′s as she grows up and makes something of herself. She goes into nursing but then makes the mistake of marrying bad lad Vincent Crowther but finds real love in the shape of her daughter Christina. When Christina grows up she moves into the fashion industry and begins an affair with married politician Mile Sutherland but later moves to New York and finds true love with Alex Newman.

One of the hugely popular Taylor Bradford adaptations that were all the rage in the 1980′s. Featuring a young and beautiful Elizabeth Hurley before she became locked into the Hollywood game. Act of Will is supposedly Taylor’s Bradfords most personal book carrying lots of echoes of her own life.

Rebecca Callard was actually billed as Rebecca Sowden in the credits.

cast
ELIZABETH HURLEY as Christina
VICTORIA TENNANT as Audra
PETER COYOTE as Miles Sutherland
KEVIN McNALLY as Vincent Crowther
JEAN MARSH as Eliza Crowther
LYNSEY BAXTER as Jane Sedgewick
REBECCA CALLARD as Maggie Crowther
SERENA GORDON as Gwen
SARAH WINMAN as Kyle
JUDY PARFITT as Alicia Drummond
SIMON MERRICK as Percival Drummond
RACHEL ROBERTSON as Audra Aged 14
JEREMY GILLEY as Frederick
JASON SAVAGE as William
ROGER GRAINGER as Vicar at Funeral
SHEILA ALLEN as Dulcie Sedgewick
JULIAN GARTSIDE as Dr Freemantle
EWAN HOOPER as Alfred Crowther
MARY JO RANDLE as Sister Rogers
CLIFFORD ROSE as Hospital Specialist
STELLA TANNER as Landlady
JOHN BASHAM as Frank Crowther
CHRISTINE COX as Sister
GODFREY JACKMAN as Fred Varley
KEN JONES as Dr Stalkey
STUART MILLIGAN as Alex
RICHARD BEBB as Ralph Sedgewick
PATRICK CONNOLLY as Danny Crowther
JO GABB as Christina (aged 15)
CARL PROCTOR as Charlie Thornton
JOSEPH WRIGHT as Jack Crowther





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