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Release Date:
19 May 2022
Genre:
Drama
Country:
UK
Runtime:
180 min

A gentle Jamaican woman reunited with her husband in post-World War II London encounters both racism and homesickness as she adjusts to her new life.

Part Two, contains SPOILER REVEALING ENDING. Gilbert, disillusioned that the country he fought for is now so unwelcoming, gets work as a Royal Mail van driver and is subject to racial bullying. Hortense also encounters colour prejudice when applying for a teaching job, only to be told her Jamaican qualification is worthless. However the experience brings her much closer to Gilbert. Queenie is pregnant by Michael who,also fed up with English attitudes, spent a weekend with her before emigrating to Canada. Bernard re-appears, having stayed away for a year out of shame ,with suspected syphilis after visiting an Indian brothel. He rows with Queenie over her lodgers and she goes into labour. Hortense delivers the baby, a boy whom Queenie calls Michael. Bernard loves Queenie and will stand by her but, when the Josephs get the chance to move into a big house left to Gilbert's friend Winston, Queenie feels the baby should go with them to avoid the stigma of being a black child with white parents.Supported by Bernard she gives him to Hortense as the Josephs move out of her house. Sixty years later, that baby, now an elderly man, shows his grandchildren photographs of two strong women in his life - Hortense, who finally qualified to teach in England, and Queenie. Ironically neither was aware of the other's involvement with his father.

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  • Season 1 2 episodes

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1 Episode #1.1 2010-04-18
Hortense joins Gilbert, her new husband, in England, where he is lodging with Queenie Bligh.
2 Episode #1.2 2010-04-25
Hortense learns that England is not the golden land she hoped it would be.

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