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Catherine Cookson's The Black Velvet Gown

Catherine Cookson's The Black Velvet Gown ★★½ The Black Velvet Gown 1992

Riah Millican (McTeer) is a poor miner's widow living in rural 1834 England with her three children. She finds work as a housekeeper to the reclusive Miller (Peck), who agrees to educate her children and even gives Riah the titular gown, which was once his mother's. Now educated out of their working-class, the Millican's lives provide unexpected love and tragedy for all concerned. Based on the novel by Catherine Cookson; made for British TV. 103m/C VHS, DVD . GB Janet McTeer, Bob Peck, Geraldine Somerville; D: Norman Stone; W: Gordon Hann; C: Ken Westbury; M: Carl Davis. TV

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