The BEST Episodes of Wives and Daughters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Network: BBC One

Wives and Daughters is a 1999 four part BBC serial adapted from the novel Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story by Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell. It focuses on Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell), the daughter of the town doctor, and the changes that occur in her life after her widowed father chooses to remarry. The union brings into her once-quiet life an ever-proper stepmother (Francesca Annis) and flirtatious stepsister, Cynthia (Keeley Hawes), while a friendship with the local squire brings about an unexpected romance.

Episode 2

#1 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 5, 1999

Before going to Africa, Roger proposes to Cynthia and is accepted. Molly faces some problems with her stepmother and her views.

star 8.01
80 votes
Episode 3

#2 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 12, 1999

It is revealed that Cynthia is also secretly engaged to Mr. Preston ever since she was 15 years old. When she tries to break off that engagement, Preston is reluctant to let her go or give her back her letters. After a visit to London, Cynthia also breaks off her engagement to Roger who is on an expedition in Africa. Osbourne's health decreases quite severely. Fearing his father's reproach, he still cannot tell him of his marriage to a French woman or his having a child.

star 7.51
82 votes
Episode 1

#3 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 28, 1999

Molly Gibson, whose mother has long ago died, is brought up by her father Dr. Gibson. At the age of 17, Molly visits and immediately befriends the Hamleys, her neighbors, especially she and the youngest son Roger Hamley, studying in Cambridge, become good friends. This is when Dr. Gibson tells his daughter of his upcoming marriage to Hyacinth Kirkpatrick, a widower who also has a daughter around Molly's age, Cynthia.

star 7.42
97 votes
Episode 4

#4 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 19, 1999

Roger returns from Africa after Osbourne's death to find his sister-in-law and his nephew living at their home as well. Cynthia has accepted the marriage offer of Mr. Henderson, a lawyer from London, while Roger seems to have his heart set on another.

star 7.35
79 votes