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Sophia and Constance: Episode 3 (S1EP3 BBC Two 27 Apr 1988, Melissa Greenwood)



Episode 3: The sisters have escaped from the domination of their mother, but find that marriage has its drawbacks. Constance must adjust to a new life in her old home, while in Paris Sophia is horrified by her husband’s extravagance and selfishness.

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

Guest Cast: Leonard Preston (Gerald Scales), Nigel Bradshaw (Samuel Povey), Patricia Routledge (Mrs Baines), Alfred Burke (Mr Critchlow), Freda Dowie (Miss Insull), Penny Leatherbarrow (Maggie), Peter Kelly, Shirley Cain, Niven Boyd, William Lawford, Violetta, Edward Hibbert, Julian Fellowes, Jansci Hosszu, Edward Kelsey, Jacqueline Skarvellis

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

Airdate: 27 Apr 1988 on BBC Two Two

Series: Sophia and Constance Season 1 Episode 3

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.