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In the secluded coastal resort of Betworthy, the Maitland family has fallen on hard times and the eldest son Roger, a schoolmaster, is forced to give a young boy after-school tuition in ... See full summary »

Director:

Lindsay Posner

Writer:

Ronald Mackenzie (play)

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Eileen Atkins ... Mrs. May Maitland
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Daisy
Jennifer Ehle ... Phyllis
Emma Fielding ... Joan Clareville
Edward Fox ... Major Luddington
Bill Nighy ... Roger Maitland
Henry Power Henry Power ... Arnold Luddington
Harriet Walter ... Mrs. Dorothy Maitland
Samuel West ... Jack Maitland
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In the secluded coastal resort of Betworthy, the Maitland family has fallen on hard times and the eldest son Roger, a schoolmaster, is forced to give a young boy after-school tuition in order to pay for his jet-setting wife Dorothy's trip to the French Riviera. His mother, Mrs. Maitland, puts her hope in a legacy from her brother while their live-in cousin Phyllis plans to escape poverty and the tedium of Betworthy by accepting a marriage proposal from Major Luddington. Everything changes, however, as the younger Maitland brother, Jack, returns home for a visit and Phyllis falls in love with him. Jack, who left the family years ago to seek his fortune in London, is now a rich and successful actor, a career choice of which his family never approved, which, in his opinion, gives him the perfect excuse to treat them just as badly as he wishes. Further trouble comes along as Joan, an old friend of Phyllis's, suddenly pays a visit to the house and falls in love with Roger. Written by Anonymous

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love | marriage | carnival | acting | art | See All (8) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1993 (UK) See more »

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Phyllis: I wish I was dead, Jack!
Jack Maitland: I once thought I'd gas myself but I hadn't a shilling for the meter.
Phyllis: I've behaved abominable, absolutely abominable, to the Major. I can't go through with it... What you said about my marrying him to get away from here was perfectly true. I pretended to myself that it wasn't. After you said that, I couldn't pretend any longer. And then he tried to kiss me... It was horrible!
Jack Maitland: I can well believe it. Kissed by Major Luddington? Dear me, no!
Phyllis: Jack, what shall I do?
Jack Maitland: I believe...
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