A Woman of Substance Trilogy

A Woman of Substance Trilogy

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A Woman of substance: the story of Emma Harte, a bright and ambitious servant girl who overcomes her impoverished Yorkshire beginnings in her quest to become an international retailing magnate and one of the richest women in the world.
Hold the dream: continues the saga of Emma Harte, who rose from servant girl to head of an international retail dynasty. At 80, Emma passes control of the Harte-McGill empire to her beloved granddaughter Paula.
To be the best: a tale of love, betrayal, and a family feud set in Hong Kong, London, and New York.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781598287660
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE WOMA
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (Not rated)(approximately 667 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Title from container
A woman of substance originally aired in 1984. Hold the dream originally aired in 1986. To be the best originally aired in 1991
Adapted from the novels by Barbara Taylor Bradford
"Three complete miniseries"--Container
Special features: interview with producer and star Diane Baker (18 min.) ; biography, booklist and interview with author Barbara Taylor Bradford (59 min.)


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Jan 03, 2019

An interesting story line of servant girl becomes business tycoon and achieves revenge on the folks who "done her wrong" when she was young. Worth a watch. Don't bother watching the third disc. It is very poorly done and very boring, unlike the first two.

May 05, 2018

Entertaining, well done miniseries of the life and career of an English woman from the early twentieth century.

Mar 02, 2017

Rated 9/10. This rating is based upon the original 3 part Woman of Substance episodes. I thought they were quite good. Jenny Seagrove was excellent in them.

The sequel, Hold The Dream, however, was rather a bit of a smozzle. The only continuity to the original show was Deborah Kerr, and Jenny Seagrove, but she played a different character this time. It took a while to figure out who was who. All-in-all, I found this sequel degenerated the story into a soap opera. On its own, I would have rated it 4/10.

The final chapter, To Be The Best, I didn't even watch more than 10 minutes. This story should have finished with the original story, but certainly after the sequel.

Jul 18, 2016

I read this (most excellent) book when it first came out and I saw part of the original 1984 mini-series. The first and second disk is A Woman of Substance and it is quite well done. Deborah Kerr is amazing and a very young Liam Neeson plays Blackie both young and elderly. In Hold the Dream, Jenny Seagrove plays Paula (instead of Emma) and there are so many characters, there is NO possible way to figure out who is who because nothing is explained. For example, we have all these cousins and we don't know who belongs to which parents. At the end of part 2, Paula has twin babies but in Part 3, they disappear. To Be The Best is hilarious! Lindsay Wagner is a hoot as Paula going in and out of a horrible British accent. Watch it if only to see the crazy wigs (some red, some blond) she was forced to wear. Stephanie Beecham has a blast whooping it up. This 4th disk is really cheesy. However, To Be the Best will explain why women's shoulder pads made an abrupt exit from the fashion scene.

Oct 22, 2015

The first part is a good one, deserves three and a half of stars. But the third part is, to say the best, below average.

Nov 13, 2014

Three miniseriesm, nearly 11 hours, originally aired 1984-1991. OPL should consider splitting up the set.

Nov 11, 2014

The first part of the trilogy was very well done and quite entertaining. But the second part was awful. Consequently, I did not even watch the third part.

coneyisland67 May 27, 2014

The movie was very entertaining. I liked the music and the scenary changes. But I did'nt like the fact that they changed the Paula character and the Jack O'neil character. I wish that Steven Collins and Linsey Wagner could have been in the movie for all the movies.

Jan 10, 2013

re read a Woman of Substance in 2011 after initially reading it in the 80's...never have seen the movies so I am interested to see how they stand up...


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