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Sophia and Constance: Episode 1 (S1EP1 BBC Two 13 Apr 1988, Alfred Burke)

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Episode 1: Headstrong and proud, Sophia struggles against the wishes of her family while her sister Constance – quiet, but no less passionate – accepts a future in the family draper’s shop. Then, when the Wakes Week festivities are at their height, Sophia’s impetuous and romantic nature leads to tradegy.

Regular Cast: Catherine Cusack (Constance), Melissa Greenwood (Sophia),

Guest Cast: Penny Leatherbarrow (Maggie), Nigel Bradshaw (Samuel Povey), Patricia Routledge (Mrs Baines), Freda Dowie (Miss Insull), Alfred Burke (Mr Critchlow), Leonard Preston (Gerald Scales), John Scott Martin, Jon Croft, Rani The Elephant

Writer: John Harvey / Directors: Romey Allison, Hugh David

Airdate: 13 Apr 1988 on BBC Two Two

Series: Sophia and Constance Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: Based on the 1908 novel “The Old Wives’ Tale” by Arnold Bennett, considered by many to be his best work. Sophia and Constance tells of the contrasting lives of two sisters from the middle of the 19th century to the first decade of the 20th.