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Dear Enemy

1 9 8 1 (UK)
7 x 25 minute episodes

This Granada production was based on the novel of the same name by Jean Webster, the sequel to her earlier novel, Daddy-Long-Legs.

Sallie McBride (Vanessa Knox-Mawer) is a young, independent woman who agrees to temporarily take over the vacated superintendency of the John Grier Home orphanage in 1905.

Her “enemy” is Dr Robin MacRae (Patrick Malahide) who she refers to as “Sandy” because he has sandy coloured hair.

They are both intensely dedicated to their work and improving the lives of the children in their care. Sallie loves her “little chicks”, as she calls them.

Sallie McBride
Vanessa Knox-Mawer
Dr Robin Macrae
Patrick Malahide
Mrs Davies
Gabrielle Daye
Miss Snaith
Jean Rimmer
Mrs McGurk
Mona Bruce
Gordon Hancock
Chris Humphreys
Maria Mescki
Sadie Kate
Simone Sanchez
Jonathan Sheller
Mr Bretland
Allan O’Keefe


The Enemy | A Breath of Fresh Air | The Cod Liver Oil War | The Real Macrae | A Question of Marriage | Together | The Friend