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Sophia and Constance: Episode 5 (S1EP5 BBC Two 11 May 1988, Freda Dowie)

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Episode 5: With the death of Mrs Baines , Constance misses her sister more than ever. Family life brings contentment at first, but then Constance’s happiness is shattered by crimes in which her son Cyril and husband Samuel are involved.

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

Guest Cast: Nigel Bradshaw (Samuel Povey), Alfred Burke (Mr Critchlow), Freda Dowie (Miss Insull), Mark Wimperis, Peter Kelly, Edwin Richfield, Jacqueline Skarvellis, Sarah Grazebrook, Michael Godley, Jon Croft

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

Airdate: 11 May 1988 on BBC Two Two

Series: Sophia and Constance Season 1 Episode 5

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.