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Character: Lady Harriet
Directed by: Nicholas Renton
Written by: Andrew Davies, Elizabeth Gaskell
Produced by: Sue Birtwistle, Rebecca Eaton, Rupert Ryle-Hodges, Jane Tranter
Other cast: Justine Waddell, Francesca Annis, Tom Hollander, Ian Carmichael, Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes
Premiere date: November 28, 1999
Episodes: Episodes 1.01, 1.02, 1.04
Genre: Drama

For many years, young Molly Gibson had lived a blissful sheltered life with her widower father. However, her world is shaken with the introduction of new acquaintances and situations. Molly becomes friends with a landed gentry family, which includes two brothers with very different temperaments. Meanwhile, her father marries a widow with a daughter close in age to Molly. Eventually, Molly becomes a trusted confidante for her new friends and family; but the secrets become burdensome, as the gossip begins to circulate about Molly herself.