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A Woman of Substance (1984–1984)

TV Mini-series | 300 min | Drama, Romance

This mini-series charts the life of Emma Harte, from kitchen maid at the beginning of the twentieth century, to respected business woman and grandmother in the 1980s. From humble beginnings, Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove) starts her business ...See moreThis mini-series charts the life of Emma Harte, from kitchen maid at the beginning of the twentieth century, to respected business woman and grandmother in the 1980s. From humble beginnings, Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove) starts her business with a small shop, but over the next twenty years, she expands her stores and invests in the growing textile industry in Leeds. By the time of World War II, Emma is the head of a major retail and manufacturing empire, but she has struggled all her life to find love. After an illegitimate daughter and two marriages, she finally meets the love of her life, Major Paul McGill (Barry Bostwick), but their affair is cut short by a tragic accident, leaving Emma with his daughter. In the 1980s, Emma (Deborah Kerr) faces one of her biggest tests, her children's attempt to remove her as head of her company, but she is far from the senile old woman they think she is, she is determined to stop them at all costs. Written by Stacey Mitchell See less
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Nov 25, 1984 (United States)

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28 cast members
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Jenny Seagrove
Young Emma Harte Young Emma Harte   See fewer
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Barry Bostwick
Major Paul McGill Major Paul McGill   See fewer
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Deborah Kerr
Emma Harte Emma Harte   See fewer
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Diane Baker
Laura O'Neill Laura O'Neill   See fewer
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Peter Chelsom
Edwin Fairley Edwin Fairley   See fewer
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John Duttine
Joe Lowther Joe Lowther   See fewer
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Peter Egan
Adam Fairley Adam Fairley   See fewer
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Mick Ford
Frank Harte Frank Harte   See fewer
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Christopher Gable
Arthur Ainsley Arthur Ainsley   See fewer
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Christopher Guard
Gerald Fairley Gerald Fairley   See fewer
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Dominic Guard
Winston Harte Winston Harte   See fewer
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Del Henney
Jack Harte Jack Harte   See fewer
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Gayle Hunnicutt
Olivia Wainwright Olivia Wainwright   See fewer
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Barry Morse
Murgatroyd Murgatroyd   See fewer
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Liam Neeson
Blackie O'Neill Blackie O'Neill   See fewer
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Nicola Pagett
Adele Fairley Adele Fairley   See fewer
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Miranda Richardson
Paula McGill Amory Paula McGill Amory   See fewer
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Joris Stuyck
David Kallinski David Kallinski   See fewer
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Meg Wynn Owen
Elizabeth Harte Elizabeth Harte   See fewer
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George Baker
Bruce McGill Bruce McGill   See fewer
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Megs Jenkins
Mrs. Turner Mrs. Turner   See fewer
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Harry Landis
Abraham Kallinski Abraham Kallinski   See fewer
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John Mills
Henry Rossiter Henry Rossiter   See fewer
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Jean Fergusson
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Derek Lyons
Waiter Waiter   See fewer
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Amanda Hillwood
Daisy McGill (uncredited) Daisy McGill (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert James
Mr. Ainsley (uncredited) Mr. Ainsley (uncredited)   See fewer
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Saskia Reeves
Edwina (uncredited) Edwina (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.6 / 10 | 773 votes