North and South (1985): S01E04


Introduction

North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994.

Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War, they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes.

Outline

Summer 1854 to autumn 1856.

The Hazards visit the Mains in South Carolina. Billy discovers how selfish and seductive Ashton can be and falls in love with Ashton’s younger and kinder sister, Brett, much to Ashton’s jealousy. George’s sister Virgilia enters a passionate relationship with Grady, the proud and aggressive coachman of James Huntoon, an ambitious but easily manipulated South Carolina politician, who is also a strong suitor of Ashton, and helps Grady escape from slavery. Ashton, however, becomes aware of Virgilia’s involvement and informs James, as well as announcing it in the Hazard family’s presence. On his deathbed, Madeline’s father tells her that her maternal great-grandmother was black. Billy and Charles graduate from West Point, and both families attend the graduation. Ashton sleeps with many of Billy’s friends, still bitter over his rejection and attraction to Brett, which Charles is furious to discover, but keeps secret for the family’s sake. Ashton gets pregnant and begs Madeline for help, who takes her to a local midwife to perform a secret abortion. When Madeline lies to Justin about where she was when she was away helping Ashton, he beats Madeline, locks her in a spare bedroom to starve, and kills Maum Sally for trying to help Madeline escape.

North and South Series

You can find a full index and overview of North and South here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 1985.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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