To pay off her father’s overwhelming debt, Elisabeth Laurier (Sophie Marceau) agrees to conceive a child with British aristocrat Charles Godwin (Stephen Dillane) — whose paralyzed wife can’t bear children — and give him the baby once it’s born. Seven years later, when Godwin’s sister-in-law, Constance (Lia Williams), hires Elisabeth as a governess, she’s reunited with her daughter, Louisa (Dominique Belcourt).
Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hopper takes the helm for this epic, seven-part miniseries produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and presenting American history as seen from the perspective of fiercely independent founding father John Adams (Paul Giamatti). Based on author David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the film tells the tale of a leader whose remarkable vision helped to guide a burgeoning republic through an especially tumultuous period. Thanks to the tireless support of his loving wife Abigail (Laura Linney), and lifelong friendship with political rivalry Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane), John Adams rose to prominence as the spokesman for the American independence movement before moving on to become America’s first ambassador to Holland and England, the first American Vice President, the second American President, and the father of the sixth American President. As with McCullough’s best-selling biography, the film draws on a comprehensive collection of letters, diaries, and family papers in order to create the most accurate representation of Adams’ life and achievements ever captured on film. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi