Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird

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This action in this dramatic mini-series takes place in the dark days just prior to the start of World War I. Agnes Conway has her hands full, attending not only to family problems but also keeping her business from going bankrupt. She aids her sister in finding the right man for marriage, but faces opposition from her family when she is courted by the wealthy Charles Farrier. But Agnes suffers from divided loyalties as she finds herself also attracted to Reginald Farrier, Charles' brother who is serving in the military.

Bfs Entertainment
2 Seasons, 21 Episodes
January 12, 1997
Drama, Romance, Mini-Series
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Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird
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  • Now he has a job, and with Dick in school, Abel feels that things are beginning to go his way. Until six months later when Peter Maxwell dies and his young widow surprises Abel by professing her love for him and proposing marriage. Abel sees marrying Hilda as the only way to secure his future even though already married. It is a decision which has repercussions for all their lives, as his past life catches up with him.

  • In 1932 Abel Mason leaves his vicious nagging wife Lena, and goes on the road with his young son Dick. Increasingly desperate, with no money and no job, he reaches the North of England where by chance he meets a wealthy garage owner, Peter Maxwell. Maxwell and his young wife Hilda offer Abel and Dick the security they have been seeking. In order to cover his tracks Abel swears his son to secrecy and changes his name to Gray.

  • They leave as Manuel decides he loves her. It isn't long before Manuel finds work in a glass works. Their marriage takes place three weeks later and is a happy affair until Carpenter's son-in-law, Captain Weir, tries to molest Anna. A furious Manuel attacks Captain Weir and knocks him unconscious. They flee desperately to the caravan but are met there by the police who drag Manuel off to jail. Annabella stays with her mother until he is released and they start a glass blowing business of their own.

  • Annabella is eventually found by Manuel, the latin-looking boy who taught her to ride horses. Manuel agrees to take Annabella with him on his travels. Annabella's father Edmund attacks Manuel in a rage and ends up being killed. The pair take jobs on a farm owned by Mr Fairburn. However, Fairburn's maid is Watford, who lost her job at Redford Hall many years ago. Manuel tries to win Betty over and when a drunken Manuel spends a chase night in Betty's caravan, Annabella's secret desire of being with Manuel seems dashed. She attempts to take her own life.

  • On hearing of the family resemblance the Lord decides he must have the child. Lord Fischel wishes to buy his grandson off Cissie but she refuses until Bella is caught steeling and the only way to stop the court action is to give in to the Lord's demands. When Rose's father dies she and Matthew are left rich. Four years later Richard, Cissie's son, is returned to her when Clive returns to find out what his father has done.

  • In turn-of-the-century South Tyneside, John O'Brien is the good-hearted eldest son of a family torn apart by the drunken brawling of his father and brother. John works long hours in the docks and adores his talented little sister, Katie. A chance meeting with Katie's teacher, Mary, gives him a glimpse of the life he longs for.

  • When a stranger turns up on her doorstep claiming to be Millie's father, Aggie's suspicions are aroused. Slim Boswell, a local pimp, takes more than a passing interest in Millie, and eventually Millie is abducted and taken to his brothel. In a nail biting climax, Millie is eventually rescued by her childhood friend, Ben.

  • Several years have passed. Millie is growing into an attractive young lady and when she is offered the post of nursemaid to a well-to-do family, things seem to be going her way. But an unfortunate incident takes her away from the good life and back to Aggie's rag and bone yard.

  • When Annie Winkowski, a rag and bone lady in the slums of Newcastle, meets 10 year old Millie Forester, the daughter of a prostitute, her well-ordered existence takes a severe jolt. Annie discovers that the child is in danger and she does everything in her power to protect her. Several years have passed. Millie is growing into an attractive young lady and when she is offered the post of nursemaid to a well-to-do family, things seem to be going her way. But an unfortunate incident takes her away from the good life and back to Aggie's rag and bone yard. When a stranger turns up on her doorstep claiming to be Millie's father, Aggie's suspicions are aroused. Slim Boswell, a local pimp, takes more than a passing interest in Millie, and eventually Millie is abducted and taken to his brothel. In a nail biting climax, Millie is eventually rescued by her childhood friend, Ben.

  • Robert secures a handyman's job on the local estate and soon makes an enemy of Dave Waters, the family's old retainer. But it is his blossoming relationship with the eldest daughter, and her father's untimely death which brings trouble to the household.

  • When his father dies, Robert Bradley gives up his job in the shipyards to work in his uncle's carpentry shop. Life with his domineering uncle isn't easy but an encounter with a strange girl locally known as The Moth, bring changes in his life. Accused of making his cousin pregnant Robert leaves his uncle's house for pastures new.

  • Charles fights tuberculosis so that he can marry Agnes, and Reg refuses to face the outside world after he returns from the war badly injured.

  • Charles plans to marry Agnes against his parents' wishes. Jessie elopes with a docker, leading to a tragic confrontation involving her father.

  • In 1913 England, the modest Conway family, the grandiose Farrier family and the infamous Feltons inextricably cross each others' paths.