Wives And Daughters details
|Starring:||Iain Glen, Justine W, Justine Waddell, Francesca Annis, Bill Paterson, Penelope Wilton, Michael Gambon, Barbara Flynn, Barbara Flynn, Ian Carmichael|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
Wives And Daughters - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
Wives And Daughters - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
|Run time:||5 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||20 Aug 2001|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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BBC Period Drama At Its Best!!By tiffany (10 reviews) from Preston , 23 Oct 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]With 'Wives and Daughters', the BBC has once again proved that their period drama productions are unsurpassable.
The story centres around Molly, a young, relatively simple country girl, the only daughter of a doctor. She has an incredibly close relationship with her father, her mother having died many years previously, and is contented with her lot in life. She is on intimate terms with the local squire's family and is in love with the younger son, Roger.
Her father decides to marry the former governess of an aristocratic family, who has ideas somewhat above her station and proves to be a rather difficult woman to live with. Molly tries her best to like her new stepmother but does not always succeed. Molly, however, becomes fast friends with her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is a beautiful, worldly girl who knows her power over men and chooses to exercise it indiscriminately. This causes no end of problems, especially when Roger falls for Cynthia....
A beautifully enacted production, great acting, beautiful locations and a wonderful story, I would highly recommend this to anyone!!
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disappointedBy HarryBear (47 reviews) from Herts , 30 Jul 2008This was a real let down. Dragged on and the lead was so weak.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Unlike Pseudopanax, I liked the BBC's 'North and South' a lot, but otherwise I agree with her/his reviewof this adaptation. It is an outstanding DVD, beautifully cast - Michael Gambon steals the screen every time he appears, Penelope Wilton is excellent, Francesca Annis and Bill Paterson are very good indeed, Barbara Flynn and her 'other half' (I have forgotten the actress's name - sorry!) ideal as the Cranford-like down-to-earth, kindly maiden ladies. As for Justine Waddell, I think she's very good too. She is rather stiff and certainly very direct, but in facial expression and body language she seems to me to convey the tension and angst of Molly's situation pretty well. Everything else - setting, costumes, cinematography - are up to the BBC's highest standards, and the plot and characerisation that Gaskell provided are compelling - well realised here, too. A fine achievement all round, and very enjoyable.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Impeccable acting. Speech and deportment faultless. How nice to be able to hear every word spoken, unlike some recent Austen adaptations, e.g. Kate Beckinsale and Keira Knightley, both of whom were far too 21st century slovenly.
Wives and DaughtersBy a customer from South Croydon , 30 May 2008Brilliantly acted. Really enjoyed the production.
wives and daughtersBy Mandab (20 reviews) from Chelmsford , 02 May 2008what a cast - compelling story to watch and there are so many good performances it's hard to pick any one out but Tom Hollander is excellent as is the manipulative Francesca Annis