The Key (DVD)
The story of three generations of women are told against the backdrop of key political moments throughout the 20th century in this 2003 BBC drama.
A major BBC drama about the life of Mary Corrigan, from her days as a rebellious mill worker in 1915 and her doomed love for a man who must fight for his country, to her final days in the run up to the British General Election of 1997.
The Key follows Mary through a lifetime of personal and political struggle,raising first her own daughter and then her grandchildren. Throughout her turbulent life though, one thing remains constant: the mystery of the key that she wears around her neck. What secret will it unlock?
In contrast, Marys granddaughter Jessie is a timid teenager, living in the shadow of Maggie, her clever and beautiful older sister. Will she fulfil her hearts desires?
In 1997, in the run up to the British General Election, a stroke-ravaged Mary becomes aware that a battle concerning her welfare is about to explode.
Its a battle that will test the loyalties of everyone in her family, from Helen, her campaigning daughter, to Maggie, the New Labour parliamentary candidate. And it will force Jessie to take the most courageous decision of her life, and finally discover the meaning of her grandmothers key.
Starring: Dawn Steel (Monarch of the Glen); Frances Grey (Messiah); Ronnie Ancona (Alistair McGowan), Ken Stott (Messiah); John Sessions (Made in Dagenham) and Kevin McKidd (Trainspotters)
Genre: Tv Series
Year of production: 2003
Director: David Blair
Running Time: 179 min
Cat No: 163508