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MERSEY MAIDS (1997)

When widower Henry Knell loses his glove-making business to the Dransfields his life is well and truly ruined. With his six young daughters, he moves into rented rooms in a Merseyside back street. Meanwhile, Hattie and Maggie, the eldest girls, are trying to hold the family together.

Sophie Dransfield’s husband, Daniel, takes pity on the poverty-stricken Knells and offers Maggie a job as a maid in the Dransfields’ nursery. Maggie’s beautiful blonde hair soon catches the eye of Sophie’s brother Tom, whose dashing brother, Luke, is equally enchanted by Hattie when she joins the household as a lady’s maid.

But the fortunes of the two sisters do not run according to plan. Maggie finds happiness with Tom - but only after sacrifices have been made. And Hattie, who cannot forgive or forget what her family have suffered, will not rest until she see’s the Dransfields fall from grace…