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Wives And Daughters (BBC-1 1999, Keeley Hawes, Justine Waddell)

Wives and Daughters

Period drama serial Wives And Daughters took us to the early 19th century where Molly Gibson has her world turned around when her father remarries. She finds herself with a new mother in Hyacinth Gibson and a beautiful but flighty step sister Cynthia. Both Cynthia and Molly both fall for Roger Hamley (who only has eyes for Cynthia).

From the team behind Pride and Prejudice, this visually stunning story of romance, scandal and the intrigues of English family life is based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s humorous and endearing novel, adapted by Andrew Davies and produced by Sue Birtwistle.

production details
UK / BBC One – WGBH Boston / 4×75 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 November – 19 December 1999 Sundays 9.00pm

Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: Elizabeth Gaskell / Producer: Sue Birtwhistle / Music: John Keane / Design: Gerry Scott / Costume: Deidre Clancy / Executive Producers: June Tranter, Rebecca Eaton / Director: Nicholas Renton

cast
JUSTINE WADDELL as Molly Gibson
KEELEY HAWES as Cynthia Kirkpatrick
BILL PATERSON as Mr Gibson
FRANCESCA ANNIS as Hyacinth Kirkpatrick
ANTHONY HOWELL as Roger Hamley
TOM HOLLANDER as Osborne Hamley
MICHAEL GAMBON as Squire Hamley
PENELOPE WILTON as Mrs Hamley
BARBARA FLYNN as Miss Browning
DEBORAH FINDLEY as Miss Phoebe
BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT as Lady Cumnor
IAN CARMICHAEL as Lord Cumnor
IAIN GLEN as Mr Preston
PETER COPLEY as Robinson