|Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1981
9 PM ET
A SAGA OF THE OLD SOD
AND THE NEW WORLD
Debut: Adventure, romance and
political intrigue fuel this three-part drama.
It opens in Ireland in 1845,
when the Great Potato Famine starved millions, forced thousands to immigrate
to the U.S., and intensified the efforts of others to seek independence
from Great Britain, which then governed the whole country.
Among the later group is fiery
Rory O'Manion (Pierce Brosnan), a dirt-poor tenant farmer sowing the seeds
of rebellion in rural County Galway. In Part 1, though, complications ensue
for Rory from his love for Rachel Clement (Kate Mulgrew), a landed British
aristocrat and a haughty firebrand in her own right. Their stormy affair,
played out in Irish-filmed locales, lays the groundwork for a tale of pride
and prejudice and hope and tragedy that carries over into America, where
the story continues tomorrow and concludes on Friday at this time.