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6 x 60 minute episodes
Susannah York and Ralph Bates starred in this six-part series from Yorkshire Television as a couple who go their separate ways after two children and an 18-year marriage.
The six episodes followed Kate (York) and Chris (Bates) Hurst – and their teenage children Jill (Kate Dorning) and Martin (Mark Eadie) – through the tears and triumphs of their first year apart.
Kate gave up working in an office and threw herself into a new catering business while Chris looked for love in all the wrong places. The pair stayed on good terms (mostly) and still lived in the same Northern city, which cramped their new style somewhat.
Written by Adele Rose (herself a divorcee), the series aimed to present an optimistic view of marital breakdown with opportunities for growth and a new way fo life coming along after the initial problems of adjustment, but while it was good to see Susannah York appearing in a major TV role, the lightweight script just wasn’t good enough.
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