Cult TV Essentials

Maggie

In the early 1980’s expectations were changing for women. Maggie detailed that struggle. Running between 1981 and 1982 young BBC teen viewers followed her plight.

Based on a series of books written by Joan Lingard: The Clearance, The Resettling, The Pilgrimage and The Reunion – the show was set in Glasgow, the series centred on teenager Maggie McKinley (Kirsty Miller) and the problems of adolescence as she aspired to further education, a career and an independent life whilst her parents (Michael Sheard and Mary Riggans) expected her to take a secure job, get married and “settle down”.

Much of the action centred on Maggie staying with her feisty octogenarian grandmother (Jean Faulds) in Inverness-shire: the latter frequently acted as an important confidante to her granddaughter.

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The two series followed Maggie’s progress, ending as she faces a crossroads in her life – whether to go to university or work for the family business.

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  1. Interestinging article. I have quite vivid memories of one episode where the granny’s house goes up in a blaze – was quite horrific viewing for a youngster w/the granny unable to get out of the burning house. Do you have any episodes of this series at all?

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