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The Shell Seekers (2006– )

TV Mini-series | 129 min | Drama, Romance

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a bohemian childhood in London and the wilds of Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she ever truly loved. She has brought up three very ...See moreArtist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a bohemian childhood in London and the wilds of Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she ever truly loved. She has brought up three very different children: Olivia, her 'special child', who like her mother is both tough and vulnerable; Noel, her ruthless and selfish son, and Nancy, the first born, embittered by greed and jealousy. It is a mild heart-attack that allows the sixty-four year old to take the time to reflect on her past life. Having discharged herself from hospital, the energetic and independent Penelope returns home to her ramshackle cottage in the English countryside. From here she travels to the Mediterranean paradise of Ibiza to stay with Olivia. Here she meets her daughter's lover, Cosmo, and his daughter, the young and beautiful Antonia, all the while reminiscing about her time during the war. The story unfolds like a jigsaw, switching between the 1940's and the present day. We learn of her marriage to Ambrose and the subsequent birth of the three so dissimilar children she has, over time, learned to accept for who they are. And of Richard, the dashing, romantic man she loved and was to marry but ultimately lost to the war. This story of lost love is mirrored in the present by that of Antonia, who comes to live with Penelope, and her love for the mysterious Danus. The secrets, passions and heartbreaks of Penelope's past threaten to be repeated by the young couple unless they can learn from her misfortune and be honest with one and other. It is the discovery that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune though that proves most alarming. For it is only then, as her 'loved ones' gather, that their true characters come to light and Penelope is forced to make the decisions that will determine whether they can continue to survive as a family, or be split apart. This is an adaptation of the work of Rosamunde Pilcher, based on the novel of the same name that has sold over 5 million copies world-wide and propelled her to the top of the international best-seller lists. Written by kevvy See less
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Brian Finch (screenplay) | Rosamunde Pilcher (novel)
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Updated Nov 19, 2006

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Dec 25, 2006 (Germany)
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Maximilian Schell
Lawrence Sterne Lawrence Sterne   See fewer
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Lor Wilson
Penelope (aged 7) Penelope (aged 7)   See fewer
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Vanessa Redgrave
Penelope Keeling Penelope Keeling   See fewer
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Lola Peploe
Amabel Amabel   See fewer
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Stephanie Stumph
Antonia Antonia   See fewer
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Maisie Dimbleby
Young Penelope Young Penelope   See fewer
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Richard Hope
George George   See fewer
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Toby Fisher
Ambrose Ambrose   See fewer
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Prunella Scales
Dolly Keeling Dolly Keeling   See fewer
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Cherith Mellor
Mrs. Plackett Mrs. Plackett   See fewer
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Carole Nimmons
Sister Nelson Sister Nelson   See fewer
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Jasmine Rostagni
Nancy (aged 4) Nancy (aged 4)   See fewer
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Rosalind Knight
Mrs. Croftway Mrs. Croftway   See fewer
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Penelope McGhie
Woman In Street Woman In Street   See fewer
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Lucas Gregorowicz
Danus Muirfield Danus Muirfield   See fewer
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Hugh Sachs
Brookner Brookner   See fewer
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Edward Rawle-Hicks
Charles Green Charles Green   See fewer
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Alastair Mackenzie
Richard Lomax Richard Lomax   See fewer
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Amanda Boxer
Aunt Ethel Aunt Ethel   See fewer
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Max Cane
Ernie Penberthy Ernie Penberthy   See fewer
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Imogen Bain
Sister Rogers Sister Rogers   See fewer
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Patrick Godfrey
Mr. Enderby Mr. Enderby   See fewer
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Neil May
Pub Customer Pub Customer   See fewer
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Colonel Mellaby Colonel Mellaby   See fewer
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Penelope's Taxi Driver Penelope's Taxi Driver   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 217 votes