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A Dinner Of Herbs [DVD]
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Six-part television adaptation of the novel by the late Catherine Cookson. In nineteenth century Northumberland, Roddy Greenbank's father meets a violent end shortly after he arrives to live with him. Roddy is taken in by his father's close friend Kate Makepeace, and forges strong bonds with locals Hal and Mary Ellen. However, as they get older, the friendship between the trio comes under increasing pressure, as Roddy's artistic ambitions and Hal's vengeful nature lead to conflict between the pair.
Filmed on location in the North of England, A Dinner of Herbs is a film based on Catherine Cookson's novel about hardship, betrayal and family life in a 19th century working class town. Roddy and Hal have been friends since childhood, but their closeness is strengthened by the murder of their fathers by the same man. Mary Ellen is also in their circle of friends, but when she is rejected by Roddy after an affair that leaves her pregnant, she turns to Hal for security. Their lives spiral into an explosive and dramatic conclusion.
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Her characters are believable and storyline rich. The only beef I had was the actual DVD I felt they left the audience to guess what the storyline was, they taak it for granted that we knew what the charactures wer thinking. Subsequently there seemed to be areas that didn't quite make sence for me. The book explained the plot more clearly.
When it emerges that the same man killed both Roddy and Hals fathers, Roddy leaves his home village of Langley for the glamourous life of an artist in London and Newcastle, leaving Mary-Ellen pregnant and Kate ashamed of the boy she raised as her own.
Further heartache occurs when Hal is nearly murdered by his fathers killers daughter in a cold act of revenge, spurning Mary-Ellen to realising that she cannot lose the man she has grown to love.
The story picks up twenty five years later Hal and Mary-Ellen have made a success out of a farming life and Kate (Debra Stephenson) Roddy and Mary-Ellen's daughter is beautiful and kind and set for marriage untill she's jilted on the big day by the groom. She soon meets Ben Hamilton (Joseph May) a reclusive and handsome American millionaire who has a painful past to hide. Kate soon embarks upon a passionate affair with him and believes she has found the perfect man. But when Ben reveals his true identity to Kate, their love is put to the test in the most trying of circumstances.
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Nothing better than a good Catherine Cookson story. A must buy, fantastic film.Published 1 month ago by WELSH DRAGON