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A Dinner of Herbs 

A man gets killed and his woman friend agrees to take on his surviving children. But as the decades started passing by, the children soon become aware of some painful secrets from the past.
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Series cast summary:
Tom Goodman-Hill ...  Hal Roystan 4 episodes, 2000
Jonathan Kerrigan ...  Roddy Greenbank 4 episodes, 2000
Melanie Clark Pullen Melanie Clark Pullen ...  Mary Ellen Lee 4 episodes, 2000
Billie Whitelaw ...  Kate Makepeace 4 episodes, 2000
Tim Healy ...  Mr. Mulcaster 4 episodes, 2000
Kate Magowan ...  Martha Bannaman 4 episodes, 2000
Michael Glenn Murphy Michael Glenn Murphy ...  Pat Feeler 3 episodes, 2000
Hilary Gish Hilary Gish ...  Rosalie Bannaman 3 episodes, 2000
Michael Jayston ...  Justice Craig 3 episodes, 2000
Steve Ramsden Steve Ramsden ...  Bill Lee 3 episodes, 2000
Ivan Kaye ...  Dan Bannaman 3 episodes, 2000
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ...  Dr. Brunton 3 episodes, 2000
Debra Stephenson Debra Stephenson ...  Kate Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
Joseph May ...  Ben Hamilton 3 episodes, 2000
Donna Air ...  Maggie Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ...  John Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
Phil K. Matthews Phil K. Matthews ...  Gabriel Roystan 3 episodes, 2000
John Castle ...  Alfred Cottle 3 episodes, 2000
Sebastian Dunn ...  Charles Bentley 3 episodes, 2000
Judi Earl Judi Earl ...  Annie 3 episodes, 2000
Mike Milligan Mike Milligan ...  Terry 3 episodes, 2000
Arkie Whiteley ...  Madeleine Cottle 3 episodes, 2000
Bill Fellows ...  Peter Greenbank 2 episodes, 2000
Daniel Appleby Daniel Appleby ...  Young Roddy 2 episodes, 2000
David Threlfall ...  Hal Royce (older) 2 episodes, 2000
Jane Arden Jane Arden ...  Maryellen (older) 2 episodes, 2000
Anna Madeley ...  Florrie Roystan 2 episodes, 2000
Heather Chapman Heather Chapman ...  Marie Watford 2 episodes, 2000
Paul Dodds Paul Dodds ...  Harry Baker 2 episodes, 2000
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Roddy Greenbank 2 episodes, 2000
Adam Gibb Adam Gibb ...  James Bannaman / ... 2 episodes, 2000
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A man gets killed and his woman friend agrees to take on his surviving children. But as the decades started passing by, the children soon become aware of some painful secrets from the past.

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Sometimes friendship has a bitter taste.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine Cookson's A Dinner of Herbs See more »

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(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Unforgettable mix of murder, passion and revenge!
18 January 2005 | by movie_imdbSee all my reviews

A legacy of love, hate, betrayal and revenge that spans three generations and nearly half a century. Catherine Cookson's epic novel is brought to the screen in a sweeping miniseries.

Growing up in a 19th century, working class English town, Roddy, Hal and Mary Ellen are the closest of friends. The unspeakable hardships they have each suffered as children - including the murders of Roddy's and Hal's fathers at the hands of the same man - have sealed their bond of friendship.

That unshakable friendship of childhood will be severely tested in the years to come. Mary Ellen secretly yearns for Roddy, who spurns her before leaving town - and leaving her pregnant. She thinks she has found a loving partner in Hal and believes their marriage will heal the chaos of their early lives. Years later, events reach an explosive conclusion, when an American visitor begins to court their young daughter - and Hal uncovers the real identity of her mysterious suitor.

Filmed on location in the north of England, "A Dinner of Herbs" is an unforgettable mix of murder, passion and revenge!


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