The Coast Of Maine

By Sarah Orne Jewett

Among American writers, Sarah Orne Jewett was much loved and admired for her delicate observation of the lives of women and men in 19th century New ENGLAND.

Her reputation has risen back to previous heights in recent years, and five of her tales attract some of Britain's finest actors in this new series.

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01Miss Tempy's Watchers20040823By Sarah Orne Jewett

Among American writers, Sarah Orne Jewett was much loved and admired for her delicate observation of the lives of women and men in 19th century New ENGLAND.

Her reputation has risen back to previous heights in recent years, and five of her tales attract some of Britain's finest actors in this new series.

Miss Tempy's Watchers sees two estranged friends finding their old bonds of affection as they watch over the body of a beloved friend the night before her funeral.

  • dramatised by.... - david james
  • miss jewett....joanna mccallum
  • mrs crowe....sheila allen
  • sarah ann binson....Susan Jameson
  • directed by.... - ned chaillet

  • 02The Queen's Twin20040824Susannah YORK takes on the role of Mrs Abby Martin, a woman born at exactly the same moment as Queen Victoria, allowing for the time difference between ENGLAND and New ENGLAND.

    She has a tale to tell of their parallel lives.

  • albert martin....nathan osgood
  • dramatised by.... - david james
  • miss jewett....joanna mccallum
  • mr simms....brian flaherty
  • mrs abby martin....k]
  • mrs abby martin....susannah york[
  • directed by.... - ned chaillet

  • 03Captain Littlepage20040825A sea captain with a memory to share of meeting an ancient Scots mariner who sailed into uncharted waters, and discovered a strange land with no place for the living.
  • captain littlepage....alec mccowen
  • dramatised by.... - david james
  • evans....Jon Glover
  • gaffett....tam white
  • miss jewett....joanna mccallum
  • mrs bruner....barbara barnes
  • directed by.... - ned chaillet
  • 04Miss Esther's Guest20040826Seeing it as a duty to provide a country break for a city-dwelling church member, Miss Esther offers to take in a guest from Boston.

    The visitor is not the old lady she expects.

  • directed by.... - ned chaillet

  • miss esther porley....susan engel
  • miss jewett....joanna mccallum
  • mr rill....Jon Glover
  • mrs wayton....nancy crane

  • 05 LASTThe Town Poor20040827Having fallen on hard times, the Bray sisters have been placed out of sight on a remote farm where they won't disturb the town's conscience.

    A chance visit by two old friends puts their lives in shocking contrast.

  • ann bray....angela pleasence
  • director ned chaillet
  • dramatised by.... - david james
  • mandany bray....carolyn jones
  • miss jewett....joanna mccallum
  • mrs able janes....Alice Hart
  • mrs trimble....jennifer hilary
  • rebecca wright....eve pearce