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Wives and Daughters

by BBC /Dune Films


After years as a widower, village doctor Mr. Gibson has decided to remarry – something for which his naïve 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. But the strength of their friendship is soon tested 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.


The quality of the BBC classic series could not be better illustrated than here.

Eye or Film, Angus Woolfe Murray


2000 – 4 BAFTA Awards including:
Best Actor (Michael Gambon)

3 BAFTA Nominations including:
Best Drama Serial

2000 – 2 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards including:
Best Drama Series/Serial


Justine Waddell
Molly Gibson
Bill Paterson
Mr. Gibson
Francesca Annis
Hyacinth Gibson
Keeley Hawes
Cynthia Kirkpatrick
Tom Hollander
Osborne Hamley
Anthony Howell
Roger Hamley
Michael Gambon
Squire Hamley
Penelope Wilton
Mrs. Hamley
Iain Glen
Mr. Preston
Barbara Flynn
Miss Browning
Deborah Findlay
Miss Phoebe
Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Lady Cumnor
Ian Carmichael
Lord Cumnor
Rosamund Pike
Lady Harriet Cumnor
Anna Maguire
Young Molly
Elizabeth Spriggs
Mrs. Goodenough
Richard Coyle
Mr. Coxe
Doreen Andrew
Peter Copley
Shaughan Seymour
Lord Hollingford
Michael Bryant
Dr. Nichols
Tonia Chauvet
Nicholas Renton
Writer (adaptation)
Andrew Davies
Writer (novel)
Elizabeth Gaskell
Producers include:
Sue Birtwistle
Jane Tranter
Fred Tammes
John Keane


It’s an understated, meticulously structured achievement that showcases a handful of note-perfect performances.