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The Black Velvet Gown (1991)

TV Movie | 103 min | Drama

In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown, and even educates her children. ...See moreIn the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown, and even educates her children. But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller's gifts, she vows to leave his house, but Miller has a hold on her, even after his death, when he leaves his house to her on the condition that she never marry. Riah's daughter, Biddy, grows up and becomes a laundress in a large house where her education keeps her from fitting in and makes her a target. But it also catches the eye of a son of the house, and with Miller's legacies, Biddy may yet find her way to happiness. Written by Kathy Li See less
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Ashley Wilkinson (as Ash Wilkinson)
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Updated Jun 2, 1991

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Apr 4, 1993 (United States)
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Bob Peck
Percival Miller Percival Miller   See fewer
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Janet McTeer
Riah Millican Riah Millican   See fewer
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Geraldine Somerville
Biddy Millican Biddy Millican   See fewer
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Brendan P. Healy
Tol Briston Tol Briston   See fewer
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Jean Anderson
Madame Gallmington Madame Gallmington   See fewer
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Christopher Benjamin
Anthony Gallington Anthony Gallington   See fewer
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Wendy Williams
Grace Gallmington Grace Gallmington   See fewer
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David Hunt
Laurence Gallmington Laurence Gallmington   See fewer
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Aran Bell
Stephen Gallmington Stephen Gallmington   See fewer
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Jonathan Firth
Paul Gallmington Paul Gallmington   See fewer
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Louise Lombard
Lucy Gallmington Lucy Gallmington   See fewer
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Madeleine Moffat
Jessie Hobson Jessie Hobson   See fewer
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Val McLane
Annie Griston Annie Griston   See fewer
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James Garbutt
Doctor Pritchard Doctor Pritchard   See fewer
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Donald Bisset
Mr. Morgan Mr. Morgan   See fewer
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Lizzie McKenzie
Fanny Briggs Fanny Briggs   See fewer
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Margo Stanley
Mrs. Fulton Mrs. Fulton   See fewer
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Caspar Berry
Older Davey Millican Older Davey Millican   See fewer
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David Oliver
Younger Davey Millican Younger Davey Millican   See fewer
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Hywel Berry
Older Johnny Millican Older Johnny Millican   See fewer
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Bradley Malcolm
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Kelly Anne Greenhalgh
Younger Biddy Millican Younger Biddy Millican   See fewer
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Joe Ging
Parson Weeks Parson Weeks   See fewer
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Judith Parker
Jean Bitton Jean Bitton   See fewer
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Jean Southern
Mrs. Fitzsimmons Mrs. Fitzsimmons   See fewer
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Jon Croft
Thomas Froggett Thomas Froggett   See fewer
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Harry Herring
Yarrow Yarrow   See fewer
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Alan Hockey
Lodgekeeper Lodgekeeper   See fewer
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Suzanne Richardson
Florrie McNulty Florrie McNulty   See fewer
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Jennifer Thorne
Madame Arnaud Madame Arnaud   See fewer
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Ian Cullen
Beckett Beckett   See fewer
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Dylan Barnes
George swinburn (uncredited) George swinburn (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roger Low
Mr. Tate (uncredited) Mr. Tate (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 468 votes