Seven films of Catherine Cookson novels make up this eight-disc set. A man tries to overcome his abusive childhood, in "The Cinder Path" (1994). Lloyd Owen, Catherine Zeta-Jones star. "The Girl" (1996) born out of wedlock and raised by her father and his resentful wife finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage. Siobhan Flynn, Jonathan Cake star. A 16-year-old maid is content with her post until "The Tide of Life" (1996) forces her to mature quickly. Gillian Kearney, Ray Stevenson star. Set shortly after World War I, "Colour Blind" (1998) tells the tale of Bridgette McQueen, a young woman who returns to her family with a black husband and their baby in tow. Niamh Cusack. Carman Ejogo star. Set in 1836, "Tilly Trotter" (1999) concerns a young woman accused of witchcraft. Carli Norris, Simon Shepherd star. "A Dinner of Herbs" (2000) focuses on longtime friends whose lives are shattered by pregnancy and lust. Tom Goodman-Hill, Melanie Clark Pullen star. "The Secret" (2000) concerns a runner for criminals who gets a chance at a legitimate job from a woman he was drawn to years before. With Elizabeth Carling. 21 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.