Wives and Daughters (1999) Rated TV-PG

A country doctor’s daughter has to contend with a stepmother, an incorrigible stepsister, and the town gossips, all the while in love with a man who thinks of her as a friend. Based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. Starring Francesca Annis, Justine Waddell, and Bill Paterson. 

This is an excellent portrayal of Gaskell’s unfinished work. It is a Jane Austen-worthy story. Here, we have a family that is dealing with the society of the 1830s. The acting was amazing; they brought the characters to life. The characters are real and flawed, and the film makes you care about them. If you love Austen’s film adaptions, you’ll enjoy this miniseries; in fact, they share the same producers. This series is worth a watch. 


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