When an ancient bell is discovered at the bottom of a lake near a nunnery, it creates all kinds of problems for people in the area.




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Series cast summary:
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ...  Mrs. Mark 4 episodes, 1982
Kenneth Cranham ...  Nick Fawley 4 episodes, 1982
Edward Hardwicke ...  Peter Topglass 4 episodes, 1982
Patricia Heneghan Patricia Heneghan ...  Sister Ursula 4 episodes, 1982
Ian Holm ...  Michael Meade 4 episodes, 1982
Michael Maloney ...  Toby Gashe 4 episodes, 1982
Derrick O'Connor ...  Noel Spens 4 episodes, 1982
Tessa Peake-Jones ...  Dora Greenfield 4 episodes, 1982
Bryan Pringle ...  Patchway 4 episodes, 1982
William Simons William Simons ...  Mark Strafford 4 episodes, 1982
Trudie Styler ...  Catherine Fawley 4 episodes, 1982
Gareth Thomas ...  James Tayper Pace 4 episodes, 1982
James Warwick ...  Paul Greenfield 4 episodes, 1982
John Woodvine ...  James Tayper 4 episodes, 1982
Tim Wylton Tim Wylton ...  Fr. Bob Joyce 4 episodes, 1982
Rachel Kempson ...  Abbess 2 episodes, 1982


When an ancient bell is discovered at the bottom of a lake near a nunnery, it creates all kinds of problems for people in the area.

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13 January 1982 (UK) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The Bell 30 years wait
18 April 2012 | by jdgraphoSee all my reviews

I cannot possibly understand why the BBC have never repeated this excellent dramatisation of my favourite novel in the English language. It defies explanation. The faithful adaptation, casting, photography and music have haunted me too for 30 years. I can find only one comment on the entire internet and it is the review which precedes mine. Let us once again enjoy this elegant drama series.

The truth of this book, the rich symbolism, the colours and expressions, the quality of the filming, the beautiful settings, the atmosphere, the acting and the eloquently spoken lines from a rich assembly of some of our finest actors deserves to live and breathe in our lives again. Sorry, I was forced to write at least ten lines so this second paragraph is froth and frills just to comply!

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