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Lives and loves entwine in Andrea Levy's award-winning story of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in the Second World War.

Last Updated: 9/25/2022Network:BBC One
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Episode 2
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8.86
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#1 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/13/2009

The emotional and moving climax to the stories of Hortense, Queenie and Gilbert whose lives entwine in post Second World War London. Hortense begins her new life in England and soon learns it is not the golden land she hoped it would be. She and Gilbert suffer racism and ignorance, but in adversity they 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 goes into labour and has a baby by a mysterious father, the lives of all four are changed forever.

Directors: John Alexander
Watch Now:Amazon
Episode 1
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#2 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/6/2009

London 1948: Hortense joins Gilbert, her new husband, in England, where he is lodging with Queenie Bligh. The women have both married in unpromising circumstances as love is a luxury neither can afford. As Hortense remembers her life in Jamaica and the profound love she had for Michael and his betrayal of her, Queenie also remembers her night of passion with the same Michael when her husband was away at war. Initially suspicious of each other, will they uncover the secret they share?

Directors: John Alexander
Watch Now:Amazon

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