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In a Land of Plenty
A sweeping story of a family through the generations.
Transmitted on BBC Television in Spring 2001.
Length: 10 x 50 minute episodes
Starring Robert Pugh, Helen McCrory, Lorraine Ashbourne, Shaun Dingwall and Kathleen Byron
Adapted by Kevin Hood and Neil Biswas from the novel by Tim Pears.
When it comes to period drama, the BBC can't be bettered, and In a Land of Plenty is something really special. The nine episodes of this dramatic family saga follow the fates of the Freeman family from the 1950s to the 90s. Wealthy engineering firm owner Charles Freeman (Robert Pugh) rules his wife and five children with a rod of iron. Everyone wilts under his autocratic thumb, especially Charles's wife, Mary (Helen Mcrory), whose literary talent is stifled by Charles's scoffing philistinism. Eldest son Simon is his father's pet, the one earmarked to inherit the business. Mary takes refuge in her close relationship with her second son, James, in whom she senses a twin soul. "You're not like the others, you're like me", she frequently reminds the haunted-eyed lad, whose dad dismisses him as a "mummy's boy". Robert, the none-too-bright youngest son, is rather sidelined, while the boys' two sisters, Zoe and Alice, form a loyal friendship with Laura, the cook's daughter, despite the snobbish Charles's disapproval.
Then one major heart-breaking event occurs which starts the tense structure of the Freemans' lives collapsing like a stack of cards. Everyone is wounded by it, but some family members manage to hide their pain well--so well that it eventually surfaces in ways that no one could have foreseen. Both tears and blood are shed before the story reaches its heart-wringing conclusion, when the performance of little Hazel Monaghan as six-year-old Mina is unmissable. Period details are perfect, from pop music, to social change, and technological developments. Re-live the thrill of watching the Cup Final on a tiny black and white telly! And don't be too mystified by the weird opening sequences--they all make sense at the end.
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