Bouquet of Barbed Wire

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Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1976)
Genre Drama
Written by Andrea Newman
Starring Frank Finlay
Susan Penhaligon
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Roy Firkin
Producer(s) Tony Wharmby
Production company(s) London Weekend Television
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
First shown in 1976
Bouquet of Barbed Wire (2010)
Genre Drama
Written by Guy Andrews
Starring Trevor Eve
Hermione Norris
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production company(s) Mammoth Screen
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
First shown in 2010

Bouquet of Barbed Wire is a British television series based on a 1969 novel by Andrea Newman. It was created by London Weekend Television for ITV in 1976,[1] and another adaptation was released in 2010. The title comes from an experience that Newman had while on a walk with her mother.

Cast[edit]

Character 1976 adaptation 2010 adaptation
Peter Manson Frank Finlay Trevor Eve
Prue Sorenson Susan Penhaligon Imogen Poots
Gavin Sorenson James Aubrey Tom Riley
Cassie Manson Shelia Allen Hermione Norris
Sarah Francis Deborah Grant Jemima Rooper
David Manson Jeremy Stacey Pierro Niel-Mee

Outline of 1976 adaptation[edit]

Homecoming[edit]

Prue Sorensen (Susan Penhaligon) is a university student who, after becoming pregnant, marries an American actor by the name of Gavin (James Aubrey). Her father, publisher Peter Manson (Frank Finlay), appears to have an unhealthy relationship with his daughter and becomes distressed over both his daughter's pregnancy and her marriage. The announcement of Prue's pregnancy has created tension between Peter and Gavin, which Prue exploits for her own amusement. It is implied that Prue has engineered the marriage and pregnancy to provoke her father.

Prue and Gavin stay at her parents' house for the weekend, ostensibly to smooth over relations with Peter. However, this endeavor fails and Peter barely acknowledges Gavin's presence. Prue's mother, Cassie (Sheila Allen), is more accepting of Gavin, despite being aware that Prue is playing her father and her lover against each other. Prue suggests to Gavin that they invite Peter to accompany them on a summer holiday in southern France, yet when Gavin approaches Peter about it he declines.

Introductions[edit]

A young woman named Sarah Francis (Deborah Grant) is hired as Peter's new office secretary. Soon, it becomes apparent that Peter is attracted to Sarah, but he does not pursue her. During an argument with Cassie, Peter says he is struck by Sarah's ambitious drive, and contrasts it to what he perceives as reckless behavior by Prue. Sarah is an independent woman who is seeing two men, one of whom visits her flat against her landlord's rules. Drama ensues when Sarah's alcoholic father arrives at the apartment unannounced.

Cassie, fearful that the family is growing apart, suggests that she and Peter go on holiday to Scotland with their two young sons, showing them the places they visited on their honeymoon. Peter remains increasingly obsessed with Prue, and mistakenly believes her pregnancy has ruined her life. He grows resentful towards Cassie, whom he believes has sided against him with Prue. Meanwhile, Prue refuses to speak with Peter because of his treatment of Gavin. Later, Gavin hits Prue on purpose while she is sick due to her pregnancy, resulting in Prue's refusal to go to work. He later apologizes profusely for hitting her, claiming that he will never do it again.

Repercussions[edit]

Immediately after Prue was angrily led off by Gavin, Peter calmly admits to Cassie that everything she said was true. Cassie realizes that both the affair and the accusation are evidence of Peter's twisted obsession with Prue and orders him to leave; he spends the night at Sarah's apartment. Later, Cassie is called to the hospital where Gavin has admitted a badly beaten Prue. When Gavin visits Cassie the next day, he claims that she had been putting him to beating her as a means of self-punishment. He pleads with Prue to stop making him hurt her; she ignores him and casually says that she "had it coming".

2010 Adaptation[edit]

The novel was adapted again in 2010 for ITV by Mammoth Screen,[2] as a three-part series broadcast by ITV on 7–20 September 2010. Adapted by Guy Andrews and directed by Ashley Pearce, it starred Trevor Eve as Peter Manson, Hermione Norris as Cassie Manson, Tom Riley as Gavin Sorenson and Imogen Poots as Prue Sorenson.

The 2010 adaptation made some changes to the novel and the 1976 adaption. In this adaptation, Prue is a sixth form student and Gavin is her Yorkshire-born English teacher, rather than an American PhD student. The first episode garnered 5.98 million viewers and received positive reviews.[3][4][5][6] It was released on DVD on 20 September 2010.

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