After years as a widower, village doctor Mr Gibson has decided to remarry - something for which his naive daughter, Molly, is wholly unprepared. Soon Molly's world is overturned by the arrival of an unwanted stepmother and a bewitching and beautiful stepsister, Cynthia. In spite of their differences, the two girls quickly form a close relationship. The strength of this friendship is soon tested however, when the girls become rivals in love...and matters are further complicated when a dangerous secret emerges from Cynthia's past...with serious consequences for them both.
This is a beautiful miniseries from Andrew Davies and co., featuring excellent acting and stunning costumes and settings. I have to admit I'm not always a big fan of Davies (especially when I think of what he's done to Sense and Sensibility!) but he really has done a fine job here, as he did with Pride and Prejudice and Emma.
This isn't as good as North and South, but it is perhaps more family-friendly than N&S, with very little violence, language, etc.
It's just great drama - ignore the sudsy title, this is much more than just 19th century soap!
This is one of my top favorites. I never thought I'd see something that could compete with Andrew Davies' Pride and Prejudice but this mini-series does. The actors are all perfect in their roles and many of them are well-known.
The movie is beautiful, the costumes are amazing, and Molly is a very human girl that makes mistakes yet honestly strives to do her absolute best for the people she loves. I wish I was more like her!
This is a non-review, really, because believe it or not, I haven't yet watched the DVD I ordered from you. It arrived very promptly and in apparently excellent condition. If it is half as good as 'Cranford' it will make wonderful viewing, so thank you for that pleasure in store. I'll give it top rating on that basis.
Gripping storyline, despite the excellence of costumes and sets, the characters are so strong you forget the setting and think only of their journeys. The acting is excellent, not only the main characters, but every one rings true. I enjoyed this more than BBC Pride and Prejudice, and that is high praise indeed.
This rates up there with Pride and Predjudice as an honest adaption of a wonderful book by Elizabeth Gaskell. Francesca Annis portrays step-mama Claire with honesty and genuine emotion. Costumes and sets are true to the book and the time it is set in. Well worth a couple of days to take the time watching and delighting in it.