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Classic British miniseries based on the novels by R.F. Delderfield
Wounded Boer War veteran Paul Craddock (Nigel Havers, Chariots of Fire) arrives at Shallowford House in 1902 to establish himself as squire of Sorrell Valley. With the assistance of property manager John Rudd (Glyn Houston, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Paul learns the ropes and tries his best to balance running a successful estate and being a compassionate landowner.. Paul is immediately captivated by two of the valleys women: Grace Lovell (Fiona Gaunt, War & Peace), a suffragette with a fierce temper, and sensitive Claire Derwent (Prunella Ransome, Far from the Madding Crowd). Following the outbreak of the First World War, Paul has to work even harder to manage Shallowford.
Set in the pastoral landscape of Devon and adapted from the novels by R.F. Delderfield (To Serve Them All My Days), this gripping miniseries pays tribute to the last days of traditional English country life through almost two decades of joyous occasions, devastating losses, and enduring love.. Part 1: 1902 Valley for Sale Paul Craddock arrives in Devon to view the deteriorating estate of Shallowford House. John Rudd introduces him to some of the locals, including the rough-around-the-edges Potters and the Derwent family, whose daughter Claire catches Craddocks eye. Uneasy about Craddocks intentions, Rudd tries to figure out his true plans.
Part 2: 1902 The Party As the new squire of the Valley, Paul enlists Claires help to redecorate Shallowford house, and the two grow better acquainted. A rivalry emerges between Paul and the terse Lord Gilroy of the neighboring land.
Part 3: 1903 An Outbreak of Romance The impending marriage of Will and Elinor causes a ripple of unrest throughout the town. Meanwhile, Paul and Grace struggle with their own troubles, which are exacerbated by the arrival of Rudds son, who is transparently interested in Grace.
Part 4: 1905 A Birth and a Death A pregnant Grace arrives in the middle of the night during a politicians visit with Paul. When Grace goes into labor after a heated argument with her husband, Paul must choose between offering his assistance in two life- and-death situations.
Part 5: 1905 The Storm Doctor OKeefes daughter, Maureen, comes to town on an invitation from Paul, who expresses his concern over her fathers alcoholic state. Paul and Graces marriage reaches a climactic point, and Mrs. Potter tries to prevent Mr. Potter from meeting his fate.
Part 6: 1905 The Hollow Victory When Smut Potter is caught hunting game on Lord Gilroys property, Paul tries to convince him to turn himself in. An accident incapacitates Parson Bull, and Paul has to find his replacement. Meanwhile, Paul anxiously awaits the results of the election.
Part 7: 1914 The Last Hot Summer Nine years have passed, and a now-married Paul and Claire are busily preparing for the Valleys fête. Mrs. Potter prophesizes a dark event in Claires summer, but wont reveal what it is. Romance blooms between Rudd and Maureen and between the Potter twins and a newcomer to the Valley.
Part 8: 1914 Call to Arms Paul receives a nonnegotiable request from the government regarding his land. A reluctant Elinor must come to terms with Will leaving when the town gives him a raucous send-off. With anti-German sentiment running wild in the Valley, the German professor becomes its victim.
Part 9: 1915 Death of a Hero Ten months into the war, a barely recognizable and visibly shell-shocked Will returns from battle. Paul and Claire experience a hiccup in their marriage, resulting in Claire spending time with a young officer. Mysterious white feathers make their way into homes in the Valley.
Part 10: 1916 The Profiteers Wills brother, Sydney, shows up in the Valley and proposes a crooked deal to Paul to profit from the war. When Pansys husband is killed, Dandy dutifully pursues a betrothal. Paul weighs his options regarding the war effort.
Part 11: 1917 The Bad Season In Pauls absence, Claire is left running Shallowford, which has become a convalescent home. Elinor takes on a German farmhand and cant help but be drawn to him when he begins to bond with her son.
Part 12: 1918 The Service Rudd keeps watch as a mysterious arsonist sets farms on fire in the Valley. When Paul comes home on leave, he feels both joyful and disoriented, and he struggles to repair the distance between himself and his son.
Part 13: 1919 The Old and the New Amidst an influenza epidemic, Sydney Codsall snakes through the Valley presenting its inhabitants with a tempting offer. Claire experiences a whirlwind of emotions as she receives conflicting reports about Pauls whereabouts.
|Run Time:||approx. 673 min.|
|Starring:||Nigel Havers;Glyn Houston;Fiona Gaunt;Prunella Ransome|
|Cast:||<p>Glyn Houston... John Rudd (12 episodes, 1978) <br />Prunella Ransome... Claire Craddock / ... (12 episodes, 1978) <br />Nigel Havers... Paul Craddock (11 episodes, 1978) <br />Valerie Holloway... Cissy Potter / ... (10 episodes, 1978) <br />Wendy Holloway... Violet Potter (10 episodes, 1978) <br />David Delve... Will Codsall (8 episodes, 1978) <br />Martin Fisk... Smut Potter (8 episodes, 1978) <br />Sarah Porter... Elinor Codsall / ... (8 episodes, 1978) <br />Gillian McCutcheon... Dr. Maureen Rudd / ... (8 episodes, 1978) <br />Philip Martin Brown... Sam Potter (7 episodes, 1978) <br />Julie May... Ada Handcock (7 episodes, 1978) <br />Pam St. Clement... Meg Potter (6 episodes, 1978) <br />Frank Moorey... James Grenfell MP (6 episodes, 1978) <br />Christopher Reeks... Henry Pitts (6 episodes, 1978) <br />Richard Beale... Edward Derwent (6 episodes, 1978) <br />Mary Chester... Liz Derwent (6 episodes, 1978) <br />Milton Johns... Rev. Horsey (5 episodes, 1978) <br />Fiona Gaunt... Grace Craddock / ... (5 episodes, 1978)</p>|
|Editorial Reviews:||A most splendid series The Washington Post <br>A good story well told The Washington Post|
|Number of Discs:||4 discs|
|Written By:||R.F. Delderfield|
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