The writing is superb and the actors bring the whole story to life. Sian Phillips and Stanley Baker are wonderful in their roles as the parents of the Morgan family. Mike Gwilym and Sue Jones Davies are but two more of this wonderful cast.
The story of the Morgan family oozes good and right as well as the struggle for survival in late 19th century Wales. It is for me one of the best performances by that fine actor Stanley Baker, and, with great sadness, one of his last I believe. As a teenager I marvelled at this drama and in my 40's I still marvel. Five stars is not enough.
Later in 1976 this production aired on Masterpiece Theatre in the US.
The story revolves around the Morgan family of seven people and especially its youngest member, Huw, played in this TV adaptation by two actors. The minister who helps him and who also falls tragically in love with his sister Angharad is the Rev. Mr. Gruffydd, played by my favorite actor of all time, Gareth Thomas.
The acting in this production is first rate all around. The intricate plot is given plenty of time to develop over the five hours, and the complex characters are very specifically shown. Unless you have read the classic novel or seen the earlier made award-winning American movie, you will be surprised to see how the events unfold, bringing happiness to some and sadness to others.
Several plot lines intermingle throughout the show, but the core always remains the Morgan family which is held together with love. I would guess that approximately ten years is covered in the show.
When I received this video in the mail, I immediately put it on the VCR and sat entranced for five straight hours. I was never bored.
I have nothing but good words to say about this production, and I highly recommend this to anyone.
My only warning might be that sometimes the Welsh accent makes it hard to understand exactly every word said, but this doesn't happen often. Sometimes actual Welsh is used which adds to the realism of the show.
This is definitely a classic story and a very well done TV adaptation.
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