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The Black Velvet Gown (1991)





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Filmed for British television in 1991, Black Velvet Gown is a two-part adaptation of Catherine Cookson's novel. The story begins in 1834; Riah Millican (Janet McTeer), left penniless by her husband's death, is evicted from her home along with her children. She takes a job as housekeeper for Percival Miller (Bob Peck), the reclusive master of Gulmington Mansion. Soon Riah is ruling the roost, as it were, and is in a position to hire and fire servants on her own. Part Two involves the arrival of illiterate serving girl Biddy (Geraldine Somerville), and the ensuing consequences. Black Velvet Gown was telecast in the US in 1993 on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Bob Peck
as Percival Miller
Janet McTeer
as Riah Millican
Geraldine Somerville
as Biddy Millican
Jean Anderson
as Madame Gallmington
Christopher Benjamin
as Anthony Gallington
Aran Bell
as Stephen Gallmington
Louise Lombard
as Lucy Gallmington
Val McLane
as Annie Griston
Donald Bisset
as Mr. Morgan
Lizzie McKenzie
as Fanny Briggs
Caspar Berry
as Older Davey Millican
David Oliver
as Younger Davey Millican
Jon Croft
as Thomas Froggett
Susan Richardson
as Florrie McNulty
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The actors are first class as they interpret what's there; trouble is that what's there - the story - becomes almost a parody of earlier, sturdier Masterpiece Theatre fare.

February 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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