The Shell Seekers (1989 film)

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The Shell Seekers
Directed by Waris Hussein
Based on The Shell Seekers
by Rosamunde Pilcher
Produced byEmma Hayter
William Hill
Anne Hopkins
Ted Childs (executive producer)
Marian Rees (executive producer)
Starring Angela Lansbury
Irene Worth
Sam Wanamaker
Music by James Di Pasquale
Distributed by ABC (US)
Release dates
  • December 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)(Television debut)
  • December 21, 1989 (1989-12-21)(Television debut)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Shell Seekers is a 1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television drama film based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Rosamunde Pilcher and starring Angela Lansbury. [1] The film aired on ABC on December 3, 1989 in the U.S. and on ITV on December 21, 1989 in the UK; it was later reaired on CBS on January 31, 1993. [2]



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