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The Old Wives' Tale


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by ARNOLD BENNETT , dramatised in six parts by PETER MACKIE with 2: 1866 Sophia has run away to London expecting to marry the newly rich Gerald Scales. Left behind in Bursley, her sister,
Constance, has made a more conventional marriage.
Directed by PHILIP MARTIN BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo


Unknown: Arnold Bennett
Unknown: Peter MacKie
Unknown: Gerald Scales.
Directed By: Philip Martin
Constance: Annie Raitt
Sophia: Susan Tracy
Arnold Bennett: Terry Molloy
Gerald Scales: Peter McEnery
Mrs Baines: Gillian Goodman
Samuel Povey: Kim Durham
Chirac: Simon Cuff
Critchlow: Edwin Richfield
Maggie/Concierge: Hedliniklaus
Willoughby: Tony Turner

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