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The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

Details: 1983 Drama 1 season
Descr: Richard Chamberlain stars as a priest forced to make a choice between his feelings and his ambitions in this sweeping adaptation of Colleen McCullough's novel. Set in the early 1900s on a sheep station in the Australian outback, the 1983 miniseries follows members of the Cleary family, whose move to the sheep station leads to a pivotal relationship between young Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph. When the attraction between Meggie and Father Ralph becomes obvious, Meggie's wealthy aunt forces Father Ralph to choose between Meggie and his ambition to rise within the Catholic Church. Though he chooses the church, as decades pass he continues to be drawn back to Meggie, with sometimes disastrous consequences.
First Episode Date: March 27, 1983
Final Episode Date: March 30, 1983
Number Of Episodes: 4
Network: American Broadcasting Company
Awards: People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Movie/Mini-Series, MORE
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