Wives and Daughters Complete Mini-Series (DVD)
An inspired adaptation by Michael Voysey of Mrs Gaskell’s final novel, widely lauded as her masterpiece. First broadcast on BBC One in 1971.
This tender and intimate adaptation of the classic novel by Elizabeth Gaskell stars Zhivila Roche, Alan MacNaughtan, Helen Christie and Sheila Fay. Directed by Hugh David, and adapted by Michael Voysey.
Focusing on the fortunes of three families – the Gibsons, the Hamleys and the Cumnors – in the English village of Hollingford, Wives and Daughters is a poignant coming of age story, a lively romance and, not least, a witty comedy of manners.
At the centre of the story is 17-year-old Molly Gibson, a passionate, forthright girl. When her father, the widowed local doctor, decides to remarry, Molly’s life is thrown into chaos as she acquires an unwanted stepmother and a beautiful stepsister.
Though completely different, the two girls become instant friends. The lovable but worldly Cynthia brings Molly both joys and woes. Men are often at the heart of these emotions – in the form of Squire Hamley’s sons Osborne and Roger, and the mysterious Mr Preston, who puts both their reputations at risk.
Molly soon finds herself caught up in the bewildering worlds of love and betrayal, social expectations and family secrets.
Release Date 21st Oct 2019