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The TV show Small Island was a drama broken up into two different parts. This show is based on a novel named "Small Island." Queenie, Gilbert and Bernard are the main characters in the show. Hortense is a woman that had wanted to marry Michael, her childhood friend, and move from Jamaica to England with him in order for her to teach. Queenie is a woman who has had a poor life, and all she wants is a better life. Queenie marries Bernard shortly after her aunt dies.

With World War 2 going on, many men left their wives and children in order to join the Royal Air Force. Before Bernard left he chose Queenie to take care of his father who was incapacitated mentally. When gun fire becomes out of control with stray bullets, one of the bullets hit and kills Bernard's father.

Gilbert desperately is trying to find a way to England, and he is offered the money by Hortense, who is also on the way to England. When they arrive in England, Hortense and Gilbert try to adjust back to life again, but now they are faced with racism and high levels of ignorance that have moved into the area.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC One
1 Season, 2 Episodes
December 6, 2009
Drama, Kids & Family, History, Romance
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
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  • Hortense and Gilbert discover new qualities in each other and begin to fall in love. Queenie is shocked when her husband Bernard returns to her after years away. When she has a baby by a mysterious father, the lives of all four are changed forever.

  • Hortense joins her new husband in England where he is lodging with Queenie Bligh. As both women remember the love they had for the same man, will they uncove

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