|The Black Velvet Gown|
|Based on||The Black Velvet Gown|
by Catherine Cookson
|Screenplay by||Gordon Hann|
|Directed by||Norman Stone|
|Starring|| Janet McTeer |
|Theme music composer||Carl Davis|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producers|| Michael Chaplin |
|Running time||110 minutes|
|Production companies||World Wide International Television|
Tyne Tees Television
|Original release||2 June 1991|
The Black Velvet Gown is a 1991 ITV television film, based on the 1984 novel by Catherine Cookson, and starring Janet McTeer, Geraldine Somerville, and Bob Peck.It won an International Emmy for Best Drama.
The film was produced by World Wide International Production for Tyne Tees Television.
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