© Bentley Productions/Mark Bourdillon
LANCE AUDEN(RAMON TIKARAM)
Lance was once a precociously gifted sculptor whose fading talents have never been able to match his early promise. Back in the stunning village of Angel's Rise he is set to unveil his latest commission. A new and exciting sculpture for local gentry and art lover Brandon Monkford.
BRANDON lives in the village's stately home and owns the surrounding land. He's married to Alexandra and has a son and daughter, Fabian and Rachel. He is a pig headed man who has no back-down in him. BRANDON is creating an artistic Sculpture Park in the woods he owns and has upset half the village by doing so. He has made a lot of enemies.
Alexandra is Brandon's wife. She is a passionate and resourceful woman who has tried to stop her husband throwing everything at the Sculpture Park. She is involved in a long-standing affair with DANIEL, and she will fight tooth and nail for what she believes is rightfully hers.
Rachel is strong willed and seemingly ready to carve her own path through life. She runs the local Outward Bound Centre with her fiancé Killion and has fallen out with her father as a result. She believes her future lies with her fiancé and has no problem with breaking free of her father.
Fabian is a self-assured son of the family who believes the estate is his eventual birthright. He also has a troubled relationship with his father and has a strong affinity with the family's faithful groundsman, Tony. He believes his father is making a big mistake by pitting the family against the village community.
Clemmy runs the village cafe with BRIN. She has a romantic nature which belies her prosaic existence. She does her best to make the most of her life, but there's only so long she can paper over the cracks in her relationship. Several years ago Clemmy left Brin for Lance, only to come back to him when that relationship failed.
Brin is a simmering giant. He fervently opposes Brandon's development of the village's stunning woods, and has launched a local campaign to stop it. The vitriol he feels against Brandon's plans is matched only by his hatred of Lance, who he believes took CLEMMY from him.
Daniel is an outspoken art critic who catapulted Lance into the artistic stratosphere by awarding him a Royal College Prize some twenty years ago. Daniel has advised Brandon in the creation of the Sculpture Park, but has been secretly buying Lance's work at knock down prices. Daniel does many things in secret, including his affair with Alexandra.
Tony's a salt of the earth good man with simple tastes and a simple outlook on life. A Mr Fix-It with a true gift for gardening he is an invaluable keeper of Brandon's grounds. Tony is loyal towards Brandon but fears that the woods and land will be forever ruined. His convictions can often prove exasperating for his family.
Summer is Tony's wife, a once gregarious individual now faded like a sari in the sun, contenting herself with life as the Monkford's housekeeper. It's a life she lives in numb acceptance and if TONY is happy with his lot then so is she. But in her quiet moments she reflects on a life that could have been had her career as an artist taken off.
Helena is Summer and Tony's daughter. She is as beautiful as her mother and loves the outdoors as much as her father does. She has been working at Killion's Outward Bound Centre for a few years now and is great friends with Rachel. She's subversive and unruly, and doesn't follow the rules.
Killion is the owner of the Outward Bound Centre, and Rachel's fiancé. Manipulative and scheming, his world was turned upside down when he learned Brandon's plans to develop the Sculpture Park would threaten his own carefully laid schemes.
Simeon is a self-esteemed village artist who has never become famous for his paintings of the gorgeous landscapes of the village woods and plant life. An egotistical lifelong bachelor he runs a musty arts and crafts shop that no one ever visits, but behind it lies a bitterness at those who have left him on the margins of life.
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