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My Mother and Other Strangers

My Mother and Other Strangers

  • Premiered: 
    November 13, 2016
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Barry Devlin 
  • Subject Matter: Period
  • Tags: WW2

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Plot Synopsis

Set in rural Northern Ireland during World War II, this one-hour drama follows village teacher Rose Coyne and her family -- husband Michael, daughters Emma and Kate and son Francis -- as the US Army sets up a base nearby. Rose finds herself acting as peacekeeper between the disgruntled locals of the fictional village of Moybeg in 1943 and the airbase ... and drawn to a handsome young captain, Capt. Dreyfuss, the honorable American officer who upends her life. The action is framed from the point of view of a young boy, Francis Coyne. Francis's childhood is populated by strangers. On the one hand, there are the friendly Americans in their Jeeps and airplanes, who treat him like a little brother. Then there is his mother, Rose, an upright Englishwoman who married Michael Coyne and moved to his hometown, Moybeg, where she is raising their three children, teaching in the village school, and tending a grocery shop next to Michael's pub. Despite being a pillar of the community, Rose has never fit in. She speaks more properly than the locals, loves English literature, and has a lively interest in the wider world. Into this isolated domain comes Captain Ronald Dreyfus, U.S. Army Air Forces, who encounters Rose during a walk on the heath. When they meet again, he quotes her a line from Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" -- one of her favorite poems. Captain Dreyfus is as reserved as Rose is. But in his capacity as base liaison officer, he has occasion to see her frequently: dealing with a fracas between airmen and regulars at the pub, arranging for an army nurse to care for a sick child, and planning a Christmas party for the school. Both would-be lovers fight against the stronger feelings that are overwhelming them -- emotions that are increasingly evident to those around them. PBS aired the U.S. premiere of this series on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 8pm (check local listings).
On Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8pm (check local listings), PBS aired the season finale of MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS. In the season ender, an unwelcome note leads to a disastrous meeting, while Tillie tries to stop the captain and Rose from making a terrible mistake.



  • - Moybeg Northern Ireland