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May and June: Part One 

After a lifetime of sibling rivalry, mousy May accepts an invitation from her recently-widowed younger sister June, to live with her in her elegant home.


James Cellan Jones


Ken Blakeson (adaptation), Ruth Rendell (novel) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ... June Symonds
Michael Nardone ... Mortuary Attendant
Phoebe Nicholls ... May Thrace
Tina Hobley Tina Hobley ... Woman on train
Albert Welling ... Mr. Thrace
Charlotte Mason-Apps ... May (aged 3)
Gabrielle Reidy Gabrielle Reidy ... Mrs. Thrace
Lloyd McGuire ... Man on train
Jessica Fox ... May (aged 13)
Claire Szekeres Claire Szekeres ... June (aged 10)
John Moreno John Moreno ... Taxi driver
Lalita Ahmed ... Asian Mother
Anisha Gangotra Anisha Gangotra ... Asian Girl
Dhrupal Goldman Dhrupal Goldman ... Asian Girl (as Dhupral Patel)
Sally Sanders Sally Sanders ... Landlady


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When her brother-in-law William Symonds dies, May Thrace returns to her home town after a 20 year absence to attend his funeral. She is not there, as she makes quite plain, to visit her now widowed sister June. The two have been estranged for a long-time and have not seen or spoke to one another since their mother's funeral 7 years before. Even as children, they bickered constantly and May always felt that June was her parents', especially her father's, favorite. May and William were once engaged but that soon came to an end when William met and eventually married June. May attempted suicide as a result of her broken heart. June would very much like to reconcile with May and asks her to come and live with her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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June Symonds: [Gazing at her husband's corpse in the morgue] He looks just like a waxwork.
Mortuary Attendant: A lot of people say that.
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Jealousy at its very blackest.
7 November 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

May returns to her sister June, who's recently widowed. June is glamorous, popular and beautiful, May is vinegary, stern and cold. The pair are total opposites.

I loved it, typical quality of character and story associated with Ruth Rendell, plenty of depth. You can see the manipulation from the very beginning.

The production values are terrific, it defies the time frame, 1997 was hardly a golden era, but it looks superb. The way they trawl back through the years, amazingly well, looking superb.

Christine Kavanagh and Phoebe Nicholls are awesome as feuding sisters May and June. Kavanagh is so elegant and feminine, she looks a picture. Nicholls steals it for me however, she's so sour, but so strong, she steals the scenes.

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