is a British period-drama television series, written by Heidi Thomas
, which ran for one eight-episode series in early 2007 on BBC One
details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss, three Catholic
sisters living with their widowed father and brother in a terraced house
in the early 1920s. The story is set in the years immediately after First World War
and, as such, the after effects of that conflict are apparent.
The story depicts a life lived on a knife-edge of poverty, tempered by various kinds of love. All three girls must make their own way in the world. In the course of the series, each sister tastes passion for the first time, and their lives, newly launched, are changed forever.
first developed the idea for Lilies
from listening to her grandmother's stories about growing up in post-World War I Liverpool. The Moss sisters are loosely based on her grandmother and her three sisters. Some aspects of the series, such as the grave fund that the girls save for, are taken directly from their lives. Thomas wrote the first complete draft of the... Read More