Precious Bane (BBC-1 1989, Janet McTeer, John Bowe)

Period drama Precious Bane took us back to the 19th century where young Shropshire lass Prue Sarn, born with a hare lip, struggles to cope with the hardships of farm life. The BBC had previously serialised the story in 1957 with Daphne Slater in the lead role.

production details
UK / BBC One – WGBH Boston / 1×120 minutes / Broadcast 2 January 1989

Writer: Maggie Wadey
Novel: Mary Webb
Music: Rachel Portman
Director: Christopher Menaul

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cast
John Bowe as Kester Woodseaves
Janet McTeer as Prue Sarn
Clive Owen as Gideon Sarn
Jane Wood as Mrs. Sarn
Jim Carter as Sarn
John McEnery as Wizard Beguildy
Emily Morgan as Jancis Beguildy
Lynne Verrall as Mrs. Beguildy
Wendy Nottingham as Tivvy Sexton
Jack Hudson as Sexton
Catherine Terris as Mrs. Sexton
Roy Holder as Callard
Veronica Doran as Mrs. Callard
Colin Prockter as Ox-Driver
Susan Porrett as Mrs. Ox-Driver

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