It’s the final days of World War II and 13-year-old Manchester lad Tolly is sent to stay with his estranged grandmother Linnet Oldknow in the countryside while his mother goes to war-torn London to search for news of his father, who is missing in action. His grandmother’s home is Green Knowe, the family’s house for hundreds of years. As he explores the rambling property and learns about the fascinating history of his family, Tolly is visited by ghostly apparitions of his ancestors and soon finds he can travel back in time to watch them in the early 1800s. Here, he uncovers clues to unraveling two mysteries - how a wing of the house was burned to the ground and what happened to a horde of stolen jewels. He encounters his ancestor Captain Oldknow - father to the kind-hearted blind Susan and spoiled Septon - who is often away from home in the Napoleonic war. On a trip home, the Captain brings back runaway slave boy Jacob, who stowed away on his ship from America. He happily welcomes him into his home as a friend and companion to Susan. The youngsters are soon best friends and adored by the Captain - much to Septon’s fury. He and shady butler Caxton make the lad’s life a misery with their jealously and racism - with horrifying results.
Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith