An Old-Fashioned Christmas

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Don McBrearty (2010)

PG Certificate


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Jacqueline Bisset returns as imperious American socialite Isabella Caldwell in this contrived and weakly scripted yuletide sequel to period morality tale An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving. But though her tongue isn't quite as enjoyably sharp as in the superior original, she still creates plenty of emotional conflict, after taking her granddaughter Tilly (Catherine Steadman, replacing Tatiana Maslany) to Ireland to visit an earl who may be able to further her writing ambitions. Soon romantic and family issues have sidelined literary matters, opening old wounds and most notably leaving Tilly torn between the nobleman's roguish son (Leon Ockenden) and her conveniently arrived fiancé (Kristopher Turner). The suitors' lame one-upmanship and Tilly's subsequent soul-searching feel particularly unrealistic, with the rushed resolutions that follow setting up an ultra-sentimental but typical Christmas ending.


Wealthy Isabella Caldwell and her granddaughter Tilly travel to Ireland, in the hope a penniless earl may help the latter's literary career. However, the aristocrat's wife sees a chance to get her hands on their family's money by having her son charm Tilly away from her fiance. Period drama sequel, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Catherine Steadman.

Cast & Crew

Isabella Caldwell Jacqueline Bisset
Tilly Bassett Catherine Steadman
Gad Hopkins Kristopher Turner
Cameron Leon Ockenden
Lady Shannon Marion O'Dwyer
Earl of Shannon Robert O'Mahoney
Director Don McBrearty
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