Marchlands (2011)
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In 1968 Ruth and Paul Bowen mourn the death by drowning of their eight year old daughter Alice in the Marchlands area around their rural house. Ruth believes Paul blames her and is distant ... See full summary »

Director:

James Kent

Writers:

Stephen Greenhorn, David Schulner (Based on the original US programme 'The Oaks')
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... Ruth Bowen
Denis Lawson ... Robert Bowen
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Evelyn Bowen
Jamie Thomas King ... Paul Bowen
Alex Kingston ... Helen Maynard
Dean Andrews ... Eddie Maynard
Sydney Wade ... Amy Maynard
Ethan Griffin Ethan Griffin ... Scott Maynard
Shelley Conn ... Nisha Parekh
Elliot Cowan ... Mark Ashburn
Elizabeth Rider ... Olive Runcie
Jennifer Hennessy ... Liz Runcie
Daniel Casey ... Scott Maynard
Faith Edwards ... Doctor
Milly Archer Milly Archer ... Alice (as Millie Archer)
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In 1968 Ruth and Paul Bowen mourn the death by drowning of their eight year old daughter Alice in the Marchlands area around their rural house. Ruth believes Paul blames her and is distant from her but both of them ally against his mother Evelyn,when she suggests that Alice's bedroom be turned into a sewing room. Nineteen years later Helen and Eddie Maynard now live in the house and are troubled when their little girl Amy tells them that a ghost called Alice is her imaginary friend,the more so when Amy's pet cat is killed,supposedly by Alice. In 2010 expectant Nisha and her partner,local boy Mark,have bought the house. Decorating the planned nursery Nisha finds a photo of Alice and a strange mural. She meets the Maynards' son Scott,now in his thirties and the village shop keeper but finds Mark evasive after seeing him communicate with deaf villager Olive Runcie. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The police sergeant who visits Ruth and her family has a cap with a checkered band. In 1968 this type of cap was only worn by Glasgow police. See more »

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Features Crossroads (1964) See more »

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A solid opening to this complex tale.
11 July 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It's a solid start for Marchlands, the first episode is watchable enough, it's a good story, but as a viewer they're almost attempting to cram too much into this one. I like the format, but at times the trio of families can be a little tricky to follow.

Very well acted, and well produced, it's eerie and imaginative. Too much perhaps to take in for a casual watch.


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