Based on the book by Mary Webb set in nineteenth century rural Shropshire, we are pleased to be able to offer this film, thanks to some negotiations with the BBC. Prue Sarn is a free spirit born with a harelip – her 'precious bane'. The townspeople are wary of her and her affliction but Prue takes comfort in the countryside and her hopeless love for Kester Woodseaves, the weaver. He finally discerns the true beauty of Prue but this is set against the tragic drama of her brother Gideon's overbearing ambition, which threatens to ruin the harmony of Prue's world.
Starring Janet McTeer, Clive Owen, John Bowe and Jim Carter