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The Whiteoak Chronicles: The Building of Jalna

Synopsis

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by Mazo de la Roche.
Adapted as a television play by Anthony Steven.

[Starring] Jean Cadell, Heather Stannard and Peter Williams
The action takes place in India and Ontario, Canada.
(Lee Patterson appears by permission of Remus Films, Ltd.)

Adeline Whiteoak, safely past her hundredth birthday, recalls the early days of her married life. We return with her to the middle of the nineteenth century. Bonaparte, the parrot, is a fine young bird; Captain Philip Whiteoak, a dashing officer of Hussars; his wife the lovely and spirited girl whose existence is a cherished memory of the old Adeline. The scene is India. Philip, on bad terms with the colonel of his Regiment, receives news of property left to him by an uncle in Canada. It is this which prompts him to sell his commission and emigrate to the New World. On the shores of Lake Ontario he buys land and plans the building of 'Jalna'. The new life to which he and Adeline are committed is hardly uneventful. Their own problems and the problems of their neighbours see to that. There is James Wilmott, the mysterious emigrant, who not only involves himself in their future, but involves them in the past from which he is a fugitive; there is Colonel Vaughan's niece, Daisy, who turns a passionate and predatory regard on men in general and Philip in particular; there is Ramsay, the hot-blooded Scots doctor, who delivers Adeline's first child; and there is Wilmott's half-caste servant, Tite, who innocently makes the best of both worlds. This is the climate which nourished the seeds of the later 'Jalna' we have come to know.
(Anthony Steven)

Contributors

Author: Mazo de la Roche
Adapter: Anthony Steven
Producer: Douglas Allen
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Adeline Whiteoak: Jean Cadell
Finch, her grandson: Andrew Ray
Adeline Whiteoak: Heather Stannard
Philip Whiteoak, her husband: Peter Williams
James Wilmott: Anthony Sharp
Mrs. Wilmott: Margaret Gordon
Colonel Vaughan: James Raglan
Mrs. Vaughan: Janet Joye
Robert Vaughan, their son: Terence Bayler
Daisy Vaughan, their niece: Natasha Parry
Dr. Ramsay: Jack Stewart
Tite: Lee Patterson
Michael Brent: Reginald Hearne
Fiddler Jock: Henry Hutteroth
Betty, the Vaughans' maid: Alexis Milne
Others taking part: Ann Cherry
Others taking part: Ivor Burgoyne
Others taking part: Vincent Hitchcock
Others taking part: Frank Pendlebury
Others taking part: Robert Robinson






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