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In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Toby Stephens ...  Gilbert Markham 3 episodes, 1996
Tara Fitzgerald ...  Helen / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Rupert Graves ...  Huntingdon 3 episodes, 1996
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ...  Rachel 3 episodes, 1996
Jackson Leach Jackson Leach ...  Arthur 3 episodes, 1996
Sean Gallagher ...  Hargrave 3 episodes, 1996
Jonathan Cake ...  Hattersley 3 episodes, 1996
Joe Absolom ...  Fergus Markham 3 episodes, 1996
Kenneth Cranham ...  Reverend Millward 2 episodes, 1996
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. Markham 2 episodes, 1996
Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy ...  Miss Myers 2 episodes, 1996
Paloma Baeza ...  Rose Markham 2 episodes, 1996
Aran Bell Aran Bell ...  Richard Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Miranda Pleasence ...  Eliza Millward 2 episodes, 1996
James Purefoy ...  Mr. Lawrence 2 episodes, 1996
Kim Durham Kim Durham ...  Benson 2 episodes, 1996
Dominic Rowan ...  Lowborough 2 episodes, 1996
Beatie Edney ...  Annabella 2 episodes, 1996
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Mrs. Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Susannah Wise ...  Millicent 2 episodes, 1996
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ...  Jane Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
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In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof until a charming neighbor farmer gets her to reveal her past through his persistence. Only then does she reveal she is hiding away from a womanizing, belittling husband. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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26 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Toby Stephens and Tara Fitzgerald who played Gilbert Markham and Helen Graham respectively later had roles in another BBC production, Jane Eyre (2006).Tara Fitzgerald , played Jane's aunt Mrs. Reed, while Toby Stephens played Edward Rochester, Jane's love interest. See more »

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As Tara Fitzgerald moves towards the chair where she sits down and reads a letter, a boom mic can be seen slowly creeping into the scene in the mirror above her. See more »

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Helen Graham to Gilbert Markham: How is it Dr. Johnson described a second marriage: a triumph of hope over experience?
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Version of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1968) See more »

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Hope and experience; passion, vice, and virtue
5 September 2000 | by Caledonia Twin #1See all my reviews

What can be said of the compelling performance of Tara Fitzgerald? She is utterly believable as the injured Mrs Graham, hardened by experience, sharp and strong-willed, yet not immune to the passionate attentions of Mr Markham. Through every mischievous glance and every flare of temper, every flicker of discernment in his eyes and telling facial expression, Toby Stephens is a master of his character. He is the force of passion and hope that will restore Helen's injured spirit. Graves' Huntingdon is a perfect performance of the unreformable rogue. Yet despite all he has done, there is an undeniable human dignity in his refusal to play the hypocrite at the end; he is at least aware of his own failings and how they have brought his ruin. Helen's attempt to save his soul-- after leaving him and taking their child at a time when this was unheard of--is a triumph of hope, hope and faith in the worth of every human life and soul, however misguided, however sinful that person may be. Markham's constancy may then be seen as her reward for her faith and unyielding moral character. Though the opinionated ideas of morality so strongly presented in Tenant seem outdated by today's standards, the story is imbued with integrity, passion, and conviction which still make an impact. Tenant is far more believable than Wuthering Heights or even Jane Eyre; here is an adaptation that does the novel justice. I highly recommend viewing it!


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