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Sophia and Constance: Episode 2 (S1EP2 BBC Two 20 Apr 1988, Catherine Cusack)

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Episode 2: Five years have passed since John Baines died. Sophia’s guilt and Constance’s dutiful nature have kept both sisters at work in the family draper’s shop, but Mrs Baines finds her grip on the girls threatened when both make up their minds to marry.

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

Guest Cast: Penny Leatherbarrow (Maggie), Nigel Bradshaw (Samuel Povey), Patricia Routledge (Mrs Baines), Alfred Burke (Mr Critchlow), Leonard Preston (Gerald Scales), Freda Dowie (Miss Insull), Sheila Keith, Philip Anthony

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

Airdate: 20 Apr 1988 on BBC Two Two

Series: Sophia and Constance Season 1 Episode 2

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.