Channel Announces New Movie "An Old Fashioned Christmas"
INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR AND EMMY(R) AND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEE
JACQUELINE BISSET REPRISES THE ROLE ORIGINALLY BASED ON A LOUISA MAY
ALCOTT SHORT STORY 'AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS,' A HALLMARK CHANNEL
ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE DECEMBER 11
International film star and Emmy(R) and Golden Globe Award nominee
Jacqueline Bisset reprises the role of "Isabella Crawford" in
"An Old-Fashioned Christmas," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie
World Premiere, Saturday, December 11 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Hallmark Channel
is the biggest holiday destination in television.
"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is the next chronicle in the
saga that began with esteemed American novelist Louisa May Alcott's short
story, An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, which premiered as the Hallmark
Channel Original Movie, "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving," (OAD
11/22/2008), and which received critical acclaim while becoming the
highest-rated cable television movie of the week.
"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" continues the narrative of
Isabella (Bisset) and Tilly (Catherine Steadman, "The Tudors")
traveling the globe so the wealthy grandmother can teach her talented
writer/granddaughter the nuances of character development and refined
living. The story finds the pair in Ireland with Isabella hoping her
long-ago suitor, the Earl of Shannon (Robert O'Mahoney, "Blood Royal:
William the Conqueror"), himself a talented writer, can assist Tilly
in getting her work published.
When the pair arrive at Shannon Castle, it becomes quickly clear to
Isabella that the Shannons are in dire financial straits. The Earl is
wheelchair-bound from a stroke. Although there is no longer any money in
the family, Lady Shannon (Marion O'Dwyer, "The Clinic") has a
plan - her ne'er do well son Cameron (Leon Ockenden,
"Heartbeat") will marry Tilly Bassett and inherit Isabella's
vast wealth. One minor detail creates a conundrum for Lady Shannon - Tilly
is engaged to Gideon Hopkins, "Gad" (Kristopher Turner, "An
Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving"). Lady Shannon demands Cameron step up
attempts to charm Tilly, and it is working!
Without Isabella's knowledge, Tilly secretly agrees to come to Ireland
to meet her paternal grandfather Sean Bassett (Ian McIlhenny,
""The Tudors"), a meager potato farmer whose son Ellis has
died in America. Tilly's mother Mary harbors a grudge toward Isabella
because her wealth could have helped the family after Ellis' death, but
Isabella stubbornly refused. How dare Mary fall in love with someone
beneath her social standards? Potato farmers? Now, staring down the father
of the man she denied as family, Isabella learns that atonement begins
when one realizes it is necessary. Without the weight of guilt, Isabella
realizes she has budding feelings for Sean.
Days before Christmas, Cameron makes a play for Tilly in full view of
Gad who packs his bags for America - engagement over. Tilly knows in the
moment that Gad is her true love, and she never wanted to be Lady Shannon.
A collision of events finds Tilly and Isabella without lodging on
Christmas Eve. As their lone carriage rolls toward Bassett farmhouse, the
night air suddenly fills with dancing snowflakes. This Christmas in
Ireland, both Isabella and Tilly discover it takes the taste of an
occasional turnip to make one truly appreciate the plain potato.
"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is a Parallel Films Productions
on behalf of MNG Films in association with Muse Entertainment. Joel Rice,
Mary Callery, Alan Moloney and Mark Grenside are executive producers and
Shelley Evans is co-executive producer. Sue de Beauvoir is the producer
along with co-producer and writer Donald Martin. Don McBrearty is the
Source: Hallmark Channel Press Release