Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 6/5/95
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  • Episode Description
  • When a woman, Clare Carter, arrives at the Thrift in labour, Lady Cora recognises her as her laundrywoman. Though she claims the father of her baby is a sailor at sea, a man soon arrives claiming to be her husband. The staff initially do not believe him, because he is black, and Clare is white. Clare has gone into labour a month prematurely, and it appears it will be a breach delivery, but soon the contractions subside, and Eleanor leaves her in Nurse Carr's care. At home, Robert has arranged a dinner party in honour of Eleanor's 27th birthday, but when word arrives from the Thrift that Clare's labour has resumed, Eleanor begs her father to come with her to assist in the difficult delivery. Lady Cora is left to explain to the other guests that Robert's wife had died in childbirth, delivering Eleanor 27 years ago today. The delivery goes badly, and Clare does not survive. Charlie Carter is devastated, but determined to bring up his daughter. Unfortunately, he is not only jobless and homeless, but also is on the run from the law, and Eleanor soon finds herself ducking and diving in order to help him.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Calder

    Dr Robert Bramwell

  • Keeley Gainey


  • Jemma Redgrave

    Dr Eleanor Bramwell

  • Ruth Sheen

    Nurse Carr

  • Lucy Gannon

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • "My father? Interested in motherless babes? According to him, they're nothing but trouble--for years and years," says Eleanor to Lady Cora, with a mischievous glance at her father. After a pause, Robert replies, deadpan: "Decades."

    • Robert: Playing with lives, Eleanor? It's never an easy game. It's never a game.

    • (upon arriving at the Thrift to assist Eleanor.) Robert: Please, just tell me this is some jolly jape. I presume within a minute you will wheel out the proper instruments, and you will be shouting 'April Fool'!

    Notes (3)

    • When first aired in the US, on the PBS anthology series Masterpiece Theatre, this was not shown until after episodes 5 and 4 had already aired. It was in fact delayed to the start of the "second series" (referred to by WGBH Boston as "Bramwell II"), on 27 October 1996.

    • Series regular Joe Marsham (Kevin McMonagle) does not appear in this episode.

    • More crew:Location Manager ... Robert HowProduction Accountant ... Linda GregorySound Recordist ... Steve PhillipsDubbing Editor ... Mike HopkinsDubbing Mixer ... Colin MartinTitles Director ... Trevor MelvynMake Up Designer ... Anne SpiersA Whitby-Davison Production for Carlton UK ProductionsA Carlton Programme for ITV

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