TV Mini-Series | | Drama, Romance
Four-part, four-hour follow-up to A Woman of Substance (1984) with Deborah Kerr, now playing Emma Harte at age eighty in the last winter of her life and dealing with her granddaughter Paula... See full summary »
It is unclear from the way that this mini-series was presented whether it was a mistake or not that Blackie's tombstone said that he died on May 10, 1985, aged 84. However, since Blackie was supposed to be three to four years older than Emma, and they met on or about 1905 (in A Woman of Substance (1984)), when Emma was about sixteen or seventeen, that would have meant that Blackie was about nineteen to twenty-one in 1905, meaning his birthdate would have been between 1884 and 1886. And if his date of death was in 1985, that would have made him from ninety-nine to one hundred one-years-old. Also, Emma was supposed to be nearing her eightieth birthday in A Woman of Substance (1984), which was supposed to be set in or about 1970, which would have matched the dates set in the story. It is not clearly stated that this mini-series was taking place directly after the events at the end of A Woman of Substance (1984), or several years later, but either way, the dates and ages would not have held up to close math and calendar calculations. This may have been a concession to Deborah Kerr's (born 1921) request for vanity, since she was portraying a woman of about eighty, but who was considerably younger, sixty-three to sixty-four at the time of filming of A Woman of Substance (1984), and sixty-five to sixty-six at the time of filming this mini-series.
In the first miniseries, A Woman of Substance (1984), Emma's parents, Elizabeth and Jack, died one year apart, ages 40 and 45 respectively, long before World War I, and long before Emma's first marriage. However, the death dates of Elizabeth and Jack were moved forward by about 15 years in "Hold the Dream," and their respective ages at death were reduced by six years each, from age 40 to 34 in the case of Elizabeth Harte, and from age 45 to 39 in the case of father Jack Harte. Since the story in "Dream" is wholly dependent on the preceding story in "Substance," the date and age changes render the time lines almost impossible, and totally implausible.