Catherine Cookson's the Moth Part 1 (1997)

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Period drama, opening in 1913 as talented young carpenter Robert Bradley leaves the Jarrow shipyards to work with his uncle in the family furniture business in the countryside. He clashes with his uncle, who dominates the household with his religious fervour. Walking home one evening, Robert encounters the ethereal Millie Thorman, known locally as The Moth, and chats to her until they are interrupted by her older sister Kate who takes her home, a cash-strapped estate. Their ailing mother dies, and Sarah is aghast to find her father plans to put Millie into an asylum. Meanwhile, Robert's cousin is pregnant, and Robert is wrongly accused of being the father. Homeless and jobless, he decides to seek work at the crubling Thorman estate.

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