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My Mother and Other Strangers on Masterpiece

Follow the fortunes of the Coyne family and their neighbors as they struggle to maintain a normal life after a huge U.S. bomber base, lands in the middle of their rural parish.


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The action is framed from the point of view of a young boy, Francis Coyne (played by Nevin, with voiceover of Francis as an older man by Hinds). Francis’s childhood is populated by strangers. On the one hand, there are the friendly Americans in their Jeeps and airplanes, who treat him like a little brother. Then there is his mother, Rose (Morahan), an upright Englishwoman who married Michael Coyne (McDonnell) and moved to his hometown, Moybeg, where she is raising their three children, teaching in the village school, and tending a grocery shop next to Michael’s pub. Despite being a pillar of the community, Rose has never fit in. She speaks more properly than the locals, loves English literature, and has a lively interest in the wider world.

Into this isolated domain comes Captain Ronald Dreyfus (Staton), U.S. Army Air Forces, who encounters Rose during a walk on the heath. When they meet again, he quotes her a line from Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”—one of her favorite poems.

Captain Dreyfus is as reserved as Rose is. But in his capacity as base liaison officer, he has occasion to see her frequently: dealing with a fracas between airmen and regulars at the pub, arranging for an army nurse (Phillips) to care for a sick child, and planning a Christmas party for the school.

Both would-be lovers fight against the stronger feelings that are overwhelming them—emotions that are increasingly evident to those around them.

Wary of betraying her husband, Rose feels seized by some otherworldly force, a sentiment she can only recognize from a piece of literature—Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights—which she quotes from memory: “Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!”

 

Episodes

 

Episode 1

Learn how Rose meets Capt. Dreyfuss. Emma goes on a date and incites an international incident. Rose defends an airman.

 

Episode 2

See what happens when Francis goes poaching and Emma finds a new suitor. Rose stands up for justice and becomes a local hero.

 

Episode 3

Find out if Nurse Tillie can come to the rescue in time and see why stolen paint provokes a theological crisis. Capt. Dreyfuss gives Rose a heads-up.

 

Episode 4

Learn Capt. Dreyfuss’ plan to thwart advances from Rose’s sister, Vera. Emma gets man advice. Rose and the captain get more serious.

 

Episode 5

See how an unwelcome note leads to a disastrous meeting. Find out if Tillie can stop the captain and Rose from making a terrible mistake.