Emma

MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS ON MASTERPIECE
Part 2 of 5

 

Hattie Morahan stars as Englishwoman Rose Coyne, raising her daughter Emma and son Francis in Northern Ireland during World War II. Owen McDonnell is her loving husband Michael, a Northern Irishman who realizes he never lived up to her dreams. Aaron Staton is Captain Dreyfuss, the American officer who upends her life.

Part 2 of 5
See what happens when Francis goes poaching and Emma finds a new suitor. Rose stands up for justice and becomes a local hero.

 

MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS ON MASTERPIECE
Part 1 of 5

 

Hattie Morahan stars as Englishwoman Rose Coyne, raising her daughter Emma and son Francis in Northern Ireland during World War II. Owen McDonnell is her loving husband Michael, a Northern Irishman who realizes he never lived up to her dreams. Aaron Staton is Captain Dreyfuss, the American officer who upends her life.

 

Part 1 of 5
Learn how Rose meets Capt. Dreyfuss. Emma goes on a date and incites an international incident.

 

MERCY STREET
House of Bondage

 

On the second season of this Civil War drama, allegiances blur and loyalties shift. The scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel serving as a Union hospital. Follow the precarious position of the Green family and the changing situation of the burgeoning black population.

 

House of Bondage
After Antietam, the Greens suffer a setback and Pinkerton’s inquiry heats up. Foster and Samuel visit Foster’s family plantation, where they intervene in a difficult labor. The hospital staff unites to oust their chief.

 

This program will encore Thurs., March 9, 10:00 pm

 

MERCY STREET
Unknown Soldier

 

On the second season of this Civil War drama, allegiances blur and loyalties shift. The scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel serving as a Union hospital. Follow the precarious position of the Green family and the changing situation of the burgeoning black population.

 

Unknown Soldier
Lisette re-creates on paper the face of a disfigured, amnesiac soldier, leading to a family reunion. When Anne’s plans to be made head nurse fail, she rejoins Hale to undermine McBurney’s authority. Pinkerton questions the Greens, causing a rift.

 

MERCY STREET
Southern Mercy

 

On the second season of this Civil War drama, allegiances blur and loyalties shift. The scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel serving as a Union hospital. Follow the precarious position of the Green family and the changing situation of the burgeoning black population.

 

Southern Mercy
After the Second Battle of Bull Run, Hopkins and Emma set out to rescue a stranded group of wounded Union soldiers. Lisette, a hospital observer, discovers the truth about a young soldier, shocking Foster. Hopkins and Emma share an intimate moment.

 

MERCY STREET
One Equal Temper

 

On the second season of this Civil War drama, allegiances blur and loyalties shift. The scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel serving as a Union hospital. Follow the precarious position of the Green family and the changing situation of the burgeoning black population.

 

One Equal Temper
As Pinkerton looks at the Greens more closely, they join forces to hide an ugly secret. McBurney, hoping to distance Foster from Mary, sends him to a nearby army camp on a house call. Alice helps Frank escape and Samuel earns Charlotte’s respect.

 

This program will encore Thurs., Feb. 9, 10:00 pm

 

MERCY STREET
The House Guest

 

The Civil War drama returns, as allegiances blur and loyalties shift. The scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel serving as a Union hospital. Follow the precarious position of the Green family and the changing situation of the burgeoning black population.

 

The House Guest
A house guest becomes the focus of Alice’s schemes. When Mary falls gravely ill, Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision.

 

This program will encore Thurs., Feb. 2, 10:00 pm

 

A Royal Connection

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiBritain’s Queen Victoria, ruler of the most powerful nation in the world in her time, and Queen Emma of Hawai‘i, ali‘i of the most isolated archipelago, formed a friendship that bridged the long distance and the 17-year difference in their ages.

 

It was a friendship born of grief.

 

In the Hawaiian Journal of History, researcher Rhoda E.A. Hackler wrote about the queens’ 20-year, off-and-on correspondence.

 

Queen VictoriaQueen Victoria lost her husband and the father of their nine children when Prince-Consort Albert was just 42. The following year, the four-year-old son of Queen Emma and her husband, King Kamehameha IV (Alexander Liholiho), died of what was then described as “brain fever.” The child was named Albert, after Victoria’s husband.

 

Queen Victoria, still deeply mourning her husband’s death, reached out to Emma:

 

Queen Emma“As a mother you will understand how fully I am able to appreciate the depth of your grief…As a wife, I can sincerely hope that you may be spared the heavier blow which has plunged me into lifelong sorrow, but which makes my heart tenderly alive to all the sorrows of others.”

 

A year later, Emma wrote to Victoria:

 

“My heart is very, very heavy while I make known to Your Majesty that God has visited with me with that great trouble which in your kind and consoling letter you said you hoped I might be spared. On the 30th of November my Husband, of whose danger I had never entertained one thought, expired suddenly, almost while in the act of speaking to me, and it was a long while before they could make me believe that what I saw was death and that he had really left me alone for the remainder of my life.”

 

Victoria’s reply came quickly:

 

“…My bleeding heart can truly sympathize with you in your terrible desolation! A dear & promising only child & a beloved husband have both been taken from you within two years! Time does not heal the really stricken heart!..”

 

Two years after the death of Queen Emma’s husband, she traveled to England, raised money for the construction of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, and met Queen Victoria.

 

Victoria penned in her journal:

 

“Nothing could be nicer or more dignified than her manner…She was dressed in just the same widow’s weeds as I wear.”

 

Later in Emma’s trip, she was accorded the honor of being asked to spend the night at Windsor Castle.

 

Over the years, the queens shared personal news, much of it sad. Victoria lost a grandchild to diphtheria; Emma noted that typhoid fever was ravaging the Islands, killing “the young and the strong.”

 

Always, in this correspondence between royal “dear friends,” there is a sense of gratitude in being able to express profound loss and in being heard and understood.

 

MERCY STREET
The Diabolical Plot

 

Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters – doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists – set in the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War.

 

The Diabolical Plot
President Lincoln’s visit sets in motion a diabolical rebel plot and offers an opportunity to free James Sr. Dr. Foster uncovers a scheme to undermine him at the expense of his patients. Aurelia, recovered from her surgery, makes a bold decision.

 

MERCY STREET
The Dead Room

 

Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters – doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists – set in the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War.

 

The Dead Room
The unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray.

 

This program will encore Thurs., Feb. 18, 10:00 pm

 

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