All seven episodes of the 1970s period drama series based on the bestselling novel by Howard Spring. John Nolan stars as Nick Faunt, a millionaire's son in 1930s Manchester who, at the height of the Depression, leaves home to become an artist, embracing a life of bohemian freedom but also of poverty and hardship. Prunella Gee co-stars as Anna Fitzgerald, the Irish serving girl with whom Nick falls in love. Episodes are: 'A Wife in Water Colours', 'A Jealous Mistress', 'Beggars at a Banquet', 'To Escape from Ourselves', 'Strawberries and Champagne', 'The Mirror of Reason' and 'The Final Gamble'.
Prunella Gee and John Nolan star in Granada Television's triumphant 1973 adaptation of the classic novel by Howard Spring, set in the poverty-stricken Manchester of the 1920s.
Free spirited young Irish girl Anna (Prunella Gee) leaves her job as a servant and falls in with up-and-coming Manchester artist Nick Faunt (John Nolan). As they take up the bohemian lifestyle favoured by artists in the city, Nick is unwilling to make commitments - and Anna is a girl who comes with a lot of baggage.
She has a four-year-old son, Brian, who is living with his 'Uncle Jacob' (Howard Southern). Now Anna dreams of taking him back into her life and away from Jacob, while Nick finds himself more and more captivated by Jacob's aloof sister Rachel (Sharon Mughan).
In a world where everyone wants to be free, some commitments can't be ignored...