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Series 2 - Episode 3



Poor Frances, widowed after the death in a car crash of her husband Peter, and now suffering terribly after hearing of the mysterious bequest in his will.

Everyone watching will have already guessed what Peter was up to, but Frances (Samantha Bond) is cloaked in darkness as she weeps over her loss.

The rest of Great Paxford’s doughty women have troubles of their own; poor Pat finds there is no escape from her demanding, abusive husband, she can’t even walk hand in hand in the woods with her nice Czech soldier without catching someone’s eye. And what’s that suave RAF wing commander up to, making eyes at the wife of the absent vicar?


The Czech officers organise a dance to keep morale up as the Battle of Britain intensifies. Joyce has some advice for Sarah which is not well-received, while Pat realises that somebody knows about her relationship with Marek. Allison's secret work for the police leaves her forced to decide where her loyalties lie. Steph fears that Stan is becoming a bad influence on his son, and Frances finds out that Peter's affair was more complicated than she thought.

Cast & Crew

Joyce Cameron Francesca Annis
Claire Hillman Daisy Badger
Bob Simms Mark Bazeley
Teresa Fenchurch Leanne Best
Frances Barden Samantha Bond
Steph Farrow Clare Calbraith
Stanley Farrow Chris Coghill
Little Stan Farrow Brian Fletcher
Sarah Collingborne Ruth Gemmell
Erica Campbell Frances Grey
Laura Campbell Leila Mimmack
Spencer Wilson Mike Noble
Miriam Brindsley Claire Price
Pat Simms Claire Rushbrook
Bryn Brindsley Daniel Ryan
Will Campbell Ed Stoppard
Nick Lucas Mark Umbers
Marek Novotny Alexandre Willaume
Alison Scotlock Fenella Woolgar
Roger Pryor Nick Sampson
Mrs Talbot Phillipa Peak
Jenny Marshall Jodie Hamblet
Isobel Reilly Gillian Dean
Mr Taylor James Quinn
Neil Lyons Robert Beck
Ian Lyons Stephen Fletcher
Mr Lakin Philip Lowrie
AC Tom Halliwell Rob Heaps
DS Reynolds Nigel Boyle
Annie Carter Jo Herbert
Cookie Jacqueline Pilton
Thumbs Jim Whelan
David Brindsley Will Attenborough
Czech soldier Jon Lolis
Director Robert Quinn
Executive Producer Simon Block
Executive Producer Catherine Oldfield
Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson
Producer Louise Sutton
Writer Simon Block
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