Andrea Newman’s controversial series explores the tangled sexual and emotional relationships of a middle-class family as it is torn apart by a father’s obsessive love for his own daughter.
Peter Manson and his wife, Cassie, appear to enjoy the perfect marriage. But their manipulative daughter Prue’s marriage to her American boyfriend, Gavin – by whom she becomes pregnant – proves the catalyst to the family’s dramatic disintegration, as Gavin intrudes further and Peter can no longer contain his jealous feelings for Prue. Cassie, in search of emotional fulfi lment, throws herself into a series of passionate affairs – and one of her lovers is Gavin...
Bouquet of Barbed Wire is a powerful study in the fragility of family unity and the destructive consequences of forbidden desire. Featuring spellbinding performances from Frank Finlay, Sheila Allen and Susan Penhaligon, this series was hugely popular with both the viewing public and critics. Even without the attention of the tabloid press – an inevitable consequence of its many risqué scenes and its unflinching portrayal of a father’s incestuous desires – Bouquet of Barbed Wire was one of the most celebrated, and controversial, British television dramas ever made.
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