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The Tide of Life 

Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Gillian Kearney ...  Emily Kennedy 3 episodes, 1996
John Bowler ...  Sep McGilby 3 episodes, 1996
Susie Burton Susie Burton ...  Lucy Kennedy 3 episodes, 1996
Gez Casey Gez Casey ...  Solicitor's Clerk 3 episodes, 1996
Gary Catlin Gary Catlin ...  Fishmonger 3 episodes, 1996
Justin Chadwick ...  Con Fullwell 3 episodes, 1996
Chris Connaughton Chris Connaughton ...  Solicitor's Clerk 3 episodes, 1996
Freddie Davies Freddie Davies ...  Goldsmith 3 episodes, 1996
Carola Douglass Carola Douglass ...  1st village woman 3 episodes, 1996
Patricia Dunn Patricia Dunn ...  Mrs. Goodyear 3 episodes, 1996
Judi Earl Judi Earl ...  3rd village woman 3 episodes, 1996
William Finnigan William Finnigan ...  Driver 3 episodes, 1996
Nora Fulton Nora Fulton ...  2nd village woman 3 episodes, 1996
Valerie Georgeson Valerie Georgeson ...  Aunt Mary 3 episodes, 1996
Christopher Goulding ...  Cole, the Butcher 3 episodes, 1996
Gordon Griffin Gordon Griffin ...  Waiter 3 episodes, 1996
Charlie Hardwick Charlie Hardwick ...  Alice Broughton 3 episodes, 1996
Jessica Hawick Jessica Hawick ...  Maria 3 episodes, 1996
Rod Jinks Rod Jinks ...  Carter 3 episodes, 1996
Berwick Kaler ...  John Kennedy 3 episodes, 1996
Brian Leaf Brian Leaf ...  Painter 3 episodes, 1996
Jordan Lorimer Jordan Lorimer ...  Tommy Broughton 3 episodes, 1996
Donald McBride Donald McBride ...  Mr. Tooton 3 episodes, 1996
Anne Orwin Anne Orwin ...  Jessie Blackmore 3 episodes, 1996
James Purefoy ...  Nick Stuart 3 episodes, 1996
Analice Kate Ramsey Analice Kate Ramsey ...  Kate Broughton 3 episodes, 1996
Alan Renwick Alan Renwick ...  Working Man 3 episodes, 1996
Willie Ross Willie Ross ...  Abbie 3 episodes, 1996
Leslie Schofield ...  Joe Barker 3 episodes, 1996
Ray Stevenson ...  Larry Birch 3 episodes, 1996
Shirley Winters Shirley Winters ...  Woman in Street 3 episodes, 1996
Mary Woodvine Mary Woodvine ...  Lizzie Rowan 3 episodes, 1996
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Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby after his plans to marry her come to tragic end, Emily finds work as housekeeper for farmer, Larry Birch. Another tragedy occurs, and when Nick Stuart inherits the farm owned by Birch's wife, Nick gives Emily a new future. Written by Anonymous

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5 January 1996 (UK) See more »

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Catherine Cookson's The Tide of Life See more »

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Color
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The Tide of Life -- Intensely Romantic -- Beautifully Filmed and Acted
31 October 2011 | by warren-taylorSee all my reviews

This movie has some idyllic scenes of seaside and countryside, overflowing with transcendent joy and unspeakable happiness. Scenes of love and romance are very heartwarming. And scenes of grave hardships, death, accusation, and brutality, are very depressing. But the combination of the two together gives this film a special magical contrast of emotion and circumstance seldom seen in most cinema. Main character Emily Kennedy -- poor, young, dependent, and vulnerable -- yet stunningly beautiful and naive -- suffers loss and betrayal. Yet she retains her integrity, her inner beauty, and her faith in human-kind to an admirable degree. By the end of the third and final 45 minute segment, she is able to accept a marriage proposal from an honest, sincere, and loving benefactor, despite his burden of a horrendous past.

This is no ordinary movie, but moves from dramatic highs and lows, joys and sorrows, hardships and luxuries, peaks and valleys, that are mind-bending enough to make any ordinary young lady lose hope. But not dear Emily. The movie is punctuated with lovely melodies of Irish whistle preludes and postludes. There are moments of intensely romantic surprise, with charming instances of reverie and dreaming. I loved each of the 3 episodes, each one quite different. The 3 male lead characters are very vivid, very different. The female lead role of Emily Kennedy is played gorgeously by lovely and remarkable actress, Gillian Kearney. The romantic and dramatic acting is beautifully well done by each actor throughout. Of all films based on the writings of Catherine Cookson, this film is my top-ranked all-time favorite.


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