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My Son, My Son 

A father that indulged his son too much and the unfortunate events that it lead to.






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Series cast summary:
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ...  Sheila O'Riorden 8 episodes, 1979
Frank Grimes ...  Dermot O'Riorden 8 episodes, 1979
Michael Williams ...  William Essex 8 episodes, 1979
Prue Clarke Prue Clarke ...  Maeve O'Riorden 6 episodes, 1979
Ciaran Madden ...  Livia Vaynol 6 episodes, 1979
Patsy Rowlands ...  Annie Suthurst 6 episodes, 1979
Patrick Ryecart ...  Oliver Essex 6 episodes, 1979
Gerard Murphy ...  Rory O'Riorden 5 episodes, 1979
Grégoire Aslan ...  Josef Wertheim 4 episodes, 1979
Maurice Denham ...  Captain Judas 4 episodes, 1979
Julian Fellowes ...  Pogson 4 episodes, 1979
Angela Harding Angela Harding ...  Maggie Donnelly / ... 4 episodes, 1979


A father that indulged his son too much and the unfortunate events that it lead to.

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13 April 1980 (USA) See more »

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(8 parts)
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Version of My Son, My Son! (1940) See more »


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A true to the novel mini
19 April 2006 | by theladydragonflySee all my reviews

This is a bittersweet story of human relationships and the sometimes unfortunate turns they can take.

William Essex is a playwright who grew up poor. He was determined that his own son would want for nothing. The Essex family is close to the O'Riordan family. Oliver Essex grows up next door to Rory and Maeve O'Riordan. The O'Riordans seem to be an idyllic family with close, loving relationships, something that William Essex cannot seem to find in his own marriage and child.

Mrs. Essex dies, the children grow up. Maeve becomes an actress. Oliver grows up to be a spoiled, selfish young man. William decides to remarry. Maeve, who has always been in love with William Essex, feels jilted by his announcement. Oliver takes up a flirtation with his intended stepmother. In a moment of weakness, Maeve is seduced by Oliver, just before he leaves for the front in the first World War. The results for all concerned are tragic.

This could be considered a "soaper" but there are fine performances all around. I have read the novel and this production is very true to the intent and letter of the book. This surpasses the 1940 film in this regard with a better script and better acting. This mini was made in what I have come to regard as the "Golden Age of British television" where fine acting, excellent scripts and costuming were ever present. This is one mini I would love to see come out on DVD to be preserved for newer viewers to enjoy, as it is a classic that holds up well over time.

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