A Woman of Substance is a six-hour TV miniseries, based on the best-selling novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford. This story of a British servant girl who, through sheer force of will, becomes one of the world's most powerful women, stars Jenny Seagrove as Emma Hart from age 15 to 49, and Deborah Kerr as Emma from 50 to 79 (curiously, Kerr was Emmy-nominated for her work, while Seagrove, who had the more difficult assignment, was not). Part one of Woman of Substance was subtitled "Nest of Vipers." Here we find Emma discharged from her job after a desultory affair with her employer's son (Peter Chelsolm). A Woman of Substance was syndicated to local TV stations beginning on November 26, 1984.
~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide