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Wives And Daughters (BBC-1 1999, Keeley Hawes, Justine Waddell)

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Wives and Daughters

Period drama serial Wives And Daughters took us to the early 19th century where Molly Gibson has her world turned around when her father remarries. She finds herself with a new mother in Hyacinth Gibson and a beautiful but flighty step sister Cynthia. Both Cynthia and Molly both fall for Roger Hamley (who only has eyes for Cynthia).

From the team behind Pride and Prejudice, this visually stunning story of romance, scandal and the intrigues of English family life is based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s humorous and endearing novel, adapted by Andrew Davies and produced by Sue Birtwistle.

Cast: JUSTINE WADDELL as Molly Gibson; KEELEY HAWES as Cynthia Kirkpatrick; BILL PATERSON as Mr Gibson; FRANCESCA ANNIS as Hyacinth Kirkpatrick; ANTHONY HOWELL as Roger Hamley; TOM HOLLANDER as Osborne Hamley
MICHAEL GAMBON as Squire Hamley; PENELOPE WILTON as Mrs Hamley; BARBARA FLYNN as Miss Browning; DEBORAH FINDLEY as Miss Phoebe; BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT as Lady Cumnor; IAN CARMICHAEL as Lord Cumnor; IAIN GLEN as Mr Preston; PETER COPLEY as Robinson

Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: Elizabeth Gaskell / Producer: Sue Birtwhistle / Music: John Keane / Design: Gerry Scott / Costume: Deidre Clancy / Executive Producers: June Tranter, Rebecca Eaton / Director: Nicholas Renton

UK / BBC One – WGBH Boston / 4×75 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 November – 19 December 1999 Sundays 9.00pm