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Overview

Debuting November 28, 1999, over BBC1, the four-part British miniseries Wives and Daughters was the second of two TV adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's unfinished novel the first aired in 1972. Set in the early 1800s, the story takes place in a small, gossip-driven English town. Upon the remarriage of her father, heroine Molly Gibson Justine Waddell isn't quite sure how to "take" to her modish stepmother, Hyacinth Francesca Annis, and airheaded stepsister, Cynthia Keeley Hawes. The fun really begins when both ...
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Overview

Debuting November 28, 1999, over BBC1, the four-part British miniseries Wives and Daughters was the second of two TV adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's unfinished novel the first aired in 1972. Set in the early 1800s, the story takes place in a small, gossip-driven English town. Upon the remarriage of her father, heroine Molly Gibson Justine Waddell isn't quite sure how to "take" to her modish stepmother, Hyacinth Francesca Annis, and airheaded stepsister, Cynthia Keeley Hawes. The fun really begins when both Molly and Cynthia fall in love with Roger Hamley Anthony Howell, son of the village squire. Inasmuch as author Gaskell passed away before concocting a solution to this romantic triangle, it was up to screenwriter Andrew Davies to come up with a happy or at least satisfying denouement. In America, Wives and Daughters was seen as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning April 2, 2001.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 20-minute documentary, "The Making of Wives and Daughters"; 55-minute portrait "Who the Dickens is Mrs. Gaskell?"; Who's Who- a guide to the stars
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • UPC: 794051267627
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Special Packaging / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,490

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keeley Hawes Cynthia
Francesca Annis Hyacinth
Justine Waddell Molly Gibson
Anthony Howell Roger Hamley
Technical Credits
Nicholas Renton Director
Sue Birtwhistle Producer
Deirdre Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
John Collins Art Director
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
John Keane Score Composer
Mark Kebby Art Director
Kevin Lester Editor
Rupert Ryle-Hodges Producer
Gerry Scott Production Designer
Fred Tammes Cinematographer
Jane Tranter Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wives and Daughters, Part 1
1. In a Strange House [6:31]
2. Seven Years Later [3:23]
3. A Frustrated Lover [3:37]
4. Visiting the Hamleys [5:30]
5. An Unexpected Reunion [3:31]
6. Osborne's Shocking Failure [4:50]
7. A Sudeen Proposal [5:57]
8. Confiding in Roger [5:34]
9. Molly Meets Clare [4:42]
10. Wedding Plans [7:41]
11. Byron and Bees [3:05]
12. A New Mamma [7:42]
13. Sickness and Worry [9:42]
14. Unwelcome Changes [1:28]
15. End Titles [1:11]
1. Cynthia Arrives [4:55]
2. Mourning a Friend [4:08]
3. Osborne's Secret Life [4:21]
4. The New Neighbor [3:21]
5. A Hateful Man [3:44]
6. The Card Game [1:56]
7. A Dinner Party [10:35]
8. Brotherly Confidences [5:42]
9. Unwelcome Gifts [2:14]
10. At the Dance [6:24]
11. The Duchess Arrives [5:32]
12. The Next Day [4:37]
13. Invitation to Africa [4:13]
14. Taken III [8:31]
15. Young Love [4:27]
16. End Titles [1:12]
Disc #2 -- Wives and Daughters, Part 2
1. Roger Leaves England [2:27]
2. A Secret and a Scheme [5:22]
3. A Man's Promise and a Woman's Wish [3:53]
4. The Fathers Meet [3:27]
5. A Letter From Africa [6:21]
6. Coxe's Disappointment [5:53]
7. Clues and Suspicions [4:45]
8. A Trip to London [4:36]
9. Osborne's Despair [3:49]
10. A Couple of Gossips [5:58]
11. Cynthia Returns [6:11]
12. Hints and Insinuations [2:40]
13. A Shocking Discovery [4:28]
14. Cynthia's Confession [7:21]
15. Molly Confronts Preston [5:43]
16. End Titles [1:07]
1. Love Letters [5:42]
2. Another Secret to Keep [3:09]
3. Scandal Over Cards [3:40]
4. The Truth Comes Out [3:53]
5. Lady Harriet Takes a Hand [4:48]
6. A Flirt and a Jilt [4:45]
7. Cynthia Repents [3:46]
8. A Sudden Sorrow [7:06]
9. The Secret Heir [2:10]
10. Making Arrangements [6:32]
11. Another Proposal [5:17]
12. Back From Africa [8:08]
13. Back at Hamley Hall [4:47]
14. Scarlet Fever [3:53]
15. Together at Last [7:25]
16. End Titles [1:34]
Disc #3 -- Special Features
1. The Plot, the People and the Place [7:02]
2. The Gibson Family [9:08]
3. A Story of Relationships [5:04]
4. Awards and End Credits [:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Wives and Daughters, Part 1
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   Play Episode 1
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   Chapter Selection
      Episode 1
      Episode 2
Disc #2 -- Wives and Daughters, Part 2
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   Chapter Selection
      Episode 3
      Episode 4
Disc #3 -- Special Features
   Cast & Crew
      The Gibsons
         Clare Gibson
         Mr. Gibson
         Molly Gibson
         Cynthia Kirkpatrick
      The Cumnors
         Lady Harriet
         Lady Cumnor
         Lord Cumnor
      The Hamleys
         Roger Hamley
         Mrs. Hamley
         Squire Hamley
         Osborne Hamley
      The Neighbors
         Mr. Preston
         Miss Browning
         Miss Phoebe
         Mrs. Goodenough
         Andrew Davies- Screenwriter
   Scene Selection
   Who the Dickens is Mrs. Gaskell?
   The Making of Wives and Daughters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    ...Wonderful Maze of Characters...

    I watched the Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre production of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel ''Wives and Daughters'' on PBS and fell in love with the wonderful maze of characters. There was a week that seperated the four episodes and I could hardly wait till the next one was aired. I felt totally sympathetic toward Molly Gibson, who's widowered father decides to marry again. He chooses a very talkative and somewhat gossipy woman, Claire Kirkpatrick with a daughter Cynthia. Molly and Cynthia become good friends, but their trust is challenged when Cynthia becomes involved in a jumble of relationships. She is engaged to Molly's true love, Roger Hamley and the mysterious Mr. Preston, claims he has a right to her feelings. Molly becomes tangled in the mess, and her social status is somewhat tried. Everyone will love ''Wives and Daughters'' as I did. I only wish that Elizabeth Gaskell could have finished the remarkable novel!

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Lovely Series

    Perfect little series to drink hot chocolate and cuddle up by a nice warm fire.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wives and Daughters - So True to the book!

    Elizabeth Haskell was one of the most inspired and underrated writers of the 19th century novel. This DVD rendition of her unfinished masterwork is outstanding because it brings to life the characters and settings of the time in a very real way. It is engrossing and you don't need to read the book to enjoy it. Period dramas are often too melodramatic, but here is satisfying look into one young girl's life journey, with a cast of characters that defy Dickens' genius. The actors bring believability to their characters - just great! I recommend it highly. It is delightful and beautiful to watch.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    love the book, love the film

    Most of my friends hated the step mother. I just saw her as one of those people that are not meant to be parents. The guy that played the eldest Hamley son also played Mr.Collins in Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley (couldn't get over that) The author died before she wrote the ending, so in the movie the ending was a lot sappier than I felt it should have been. But I watched the film again 2 days later. I really liked the movie over all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL!

    After watching/reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South and loving it (and falling in love with Mr. Thornton!), I went to research some more of her work and discovered Wives and Daughters. I have never read the book and only seen the trailer. After purchasing my own copy and watching it, I truly enjoyed it and now...I am in love with Mr. Roger Hamley. A MUST-SEE!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Charming film

    Great film with lots of creativity. I really enjoyed the time spent and it is one of those I will watch again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Infatuation

    Wives and Daughters is a movie you will want to see again and again! It has twists and turns that you don't expect and a most surprising but beautiful ending. The character developement is superb throughout the entire movie. Wives and Daughters is most absolutely a must see!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one you will keep!

    Each time you view this movie,you will see it in new light. Great acting, wonderful characters,fun to look at costumes. Good moral virtues. And some not so good. I only wish there were more movies that cause you to want to see them more than once, like this one does. Though i could have lived without the extras, Who's Who-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't miss this one if you love period pieces ....

    This mini-series is right up there with Pride & Prejudice in my opinion. I enjoyed it so much and watch it over & over again like I do all the Jane Austen productions. The characters go right into your heart -- If you love all the period pieces, don't miss this one -- You will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Series- Mutilated DVD

    This miniseries was originally broadcast in the UK as a widescreen (16:9) version. When released on DVD in the UK and Australia it retained the widescreen anamorphic format. Sadly, the BBC and Warners don't feel the American public is ready or deserving of such an innovation. Instead we are being sold a horrible reduction that has been crudely cropped at the edges. Rather than a lovely anamorphic widescreen picture it is a grainy, pixillated, slightly matted full frame (about 4.5:3). This wouldn't matter so much if the director and cinematographer hadn't clearly lavished so much care on composing their scenes to fit the widescreen format. The consequence is that in many shots the characters have half their faces missing and often appear to be talking to empty space. If you don't find this sort of thing a distraction, then I strongly reccommend this series - lavish production values, beautifully acted and the usual witty script with a contemporary (but not anachronisitic) feel from Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards etc etc). All the more reason I think to blow a big fat rasberry to the BBC for needlessly and crudely mutilating so outstanding an achievement - and not even having the courage to 'fess up on the DVD case!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    The parts are played well; Francesca Annis is a scream as Claire---she plays her so slyly, like Chaucer's hypocritical Prioress--the costumes are the kind of clothes they actually wore in the 1830's, the sets picturesque and, beyond all that, you can easily see how suffocating it was to be a woman with no options in 1830's England. Cousin Phillis and North and South should be filmed now that this one's been done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will watch over and over again!

    As is usually the case when they make a movie adapted from a novel, the BBC has struck gold. This movie follows Gaskell's story from the very start and takes no ''artistic liberties'' except for adding the ending that Gaskell herself had clearly planned before she died. The actors do a wonderful job of portraying the non-spoken emotions that Gaskell assigns to their characters. Anyone who gives this film a chance will fall in love with it (and hopefully will then read the novel.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    Excellent Movie!!!

    I also saw this movie on Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre. I really enjoyed the suspence of having to wait a week to see what happened. If you enjoy British dramas you'll love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Couldn't be any better!

    Wives and Daughters is soooo wonderful! Elizabeth Gaskell was a genius who wrote this fantastic novel! BBC did a wonderful job like they always do when making adaptations! Justine Wadell shines throughout the whole movie! The whole cast portrays their characters just like it is in the novel! I cant say enough about this movie! Spend the money and get the DVD you won't be disappointed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    I loved this movie.

    I too watched it on Exxon Mobile Masterpiece Theater. I feel just as viewer Lydia feels. I hated having to wait for Sunday to come to see what happened next. I really recommend it to anyone that loves Jane Austen type books/movies.

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