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The bond between mother and daughter is unshakeable, right? Well, that’s not always the case as seen in HBO’s five-part miniseries Mildred Pierce. Kate Winslet takes on the title role of Mildred Pierce, originally played by Joan Crawford in the 1945 feature-length film, who finds herself single with two children during the Great Depression. She provides for her girls by taking a waitress job and ultimately opens a successful restaurant, but it’s never enough for her demanding eldest daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). If you like Mildred Pierce you may be keen on these other TV shows revolving around spirited, crafty female leads:
1. Wives and Daughters
Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell) may be worse off than Mildred Pierce. Gibson suffers from unrequited love and is sandwiched between an unpleasant stepmother and equally annoying stepsister.
While we don’t condone cheating, this BBC drama might fall under “guilty pleasure” for some. A group of women find solace in each other’s company, admitting they aren’t the “main dish” in their guy’s life as one might say. The U.K. version was so well-received it was remade in the U.S. by ABC, starring Alyssa Milano.
On the other hand, we do condone going out and having a good time with your mates as seen in this BBC comedy. Three women in their thirties (Sharon Horgan, Tanya Franks, Rebekah Staton) are living their lives with no apologies even if they’re expected to have everything figured out by now.
4. Lost in Austen
ITV’s modern-day fairy tale transports Londoner Amanda (Jemima Rooper) into her favorite Jane Austen book, Pride & Prejudice. Amanda’s mere presence is changing the story, which proves problematic.
5. Call the Midwife
Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this period drama details the life of a midwife in London’s poverty-stricken East End in the late 1950s. The ensemble cast includes but is not limited to: Helen George as Trixie, Bryony Hannah as Cynthia, Jessica Raine as Jenny and Miranda Hart as Chummy.
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