Period drama serial A Dinner of Herbs was based on the novel by Catherine Cookson and took us to 19th century Northumberland where 11 year old Roddy Greenbank (after the death of his father) finds himself living with the ageing Kate Makepeace along with a pair of other orphans Mary Ellen Lee and Hal Royston, years later when all are grown, events conspire to test their friendship to its very limits.
UK / ITV Network – Tyne Tees / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 November – 24 December 2000
Writers: Christopher Green, Ray Marshall / Novel: Catherine Cookson / Producer: Ray Marshall / Director: Alan Grint
BILLIE WHITELAW as Kate Makepeace
JONATHAN KERRIGAN as Roddy Greenbankn
DEBRA STEPHENSON as Kate Roystan
DAVID THRELLFALL as Hal Royston
JANE ARDEN as Mary Ellen Roystan
TOM GOODMAN HILL as young Hal Roystan
MELANIE CLARK PULLEN as Mary Ellen Lee
IVAN KAYE as Dan Bannerman
TIM HEALY as Mr Mulcaster
DANIEL APPLEBY as Young Roddy
KIERON HALL as Young Hal
LAURA CHALDER as Young Mary Ellen
MICHAEL GLENN MURPHY as Pat Feeler
HILARY GISH as Rosalie Bannerman
JONATHAN SPENCER as Gabriel Royston
STEVE RAMSDEN as Bill Lee
MICHAEL JAYSTON as Justice Craig
DONNA AIR as Maggie Roystan
DARREN MORFITT as John Roystan
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