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My Cousin Rachel (TV series)

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My Cousin Rachel
Based onMy Cousin Rachel
by Daphne du Maurier
Written byHugh Whitemore
Directed byBrian Farnham
StarringGeraldine Chaplin
Christopher Guard
ComposerPatrick Gowers
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
ProducerRichard Beynon
Running time55 minutes
Production companyBBC
Original networkBBC Two
Original release7 March (1983-03-07) –
28 March 1983 (1983-03-28)

My Cousin Rachel is a British mystery television series adapted from the novel of the same title by Daphne du Maurier.[1] It first aired on BBC 2 in four parts between 7 and 28 March 1983.

Plot synopsis

Philip Ashley’s cousin and guardian Ambrose has mysteriously died in Italy. Philip distrusts the diagnosis of a brain tumor due to letters from Ambrose describing suspicions that Rachel and her attorney Rainalidi are trying to poison him. Ambrose had not made a new will upon his marriage to Rachel, leaving Philip the heir to the large estate. When Rachel arrives in Cornwall, Philip becomes enamored with her despite his misgivings. He makes preparations to transfer the estate to Rachel and, encouraged by her behavior, assumes they will be married. Rachel rejects this, claiming he has misunderstood, and Philip falls ill. Rachel nurses him back to health and when recovered, Philip suspects that she poisoned him. He searches her room looking for evidence. Finding none, he realizes he has misjudged Rachel and also realizes he has failed to warn her of a dangerous bridge in the garden. He finds her broken body under the collapsed bridge.



In a 1985 review, John J. O'Connor of The New York Times commended the script and Chaplin's performance and the direction, noting it "captures the special Cornish atmosphere of the piece perfectly." O’Connor wrote "The problem with this psychological study is that dramatically it has no clearly defined resolution." He summarized the series as "a fairly absorbing treatment" but warned those looking for a "tidy" ending would be disappointed.[2]


  1. ^ Baskin p.196
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (13 December 1985). "TV View". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2020.


  • Baskin, Ellen. Serials on British Television, 1950-1994. Scolar Press, 1996.
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