Summer Solstice (2005 film)

Summer Solstice is a 2005 German-produced two-part television film, a sequel to the novel Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, which was made a television film in 2004. The film, however, is not based on a novel, but was written by Pilcher directly for the screen. It stars Jason Durr, Jacqueline Bisset, Sinéad Cusack, Honor Blackman and Franco Nero.

Summer Solstice
Screenplay byJohn Goldsmith
Story byRosamunde Pilcher
Directed byGiles Foster
StarringJason Durr
Jacqueline Bisset
Jan Niklas
Theme music composerRichard Blackford
Country of originGermany
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)David Cunliffe
CinematographyRex Maidment
Editor(s)Catherine Creed
Running time132 mins
Production company(s)TMG
Gate Television
Original networkZDF (Germany)
Channel 5 (UK)
Original release
  • 25 December 2005 (2005-12-25) (Germany)


Summer Solstice continues the story from Winter Solstice three years later, in the summertime. As then, the story is set in the Scottish Highlands. Sam and Carrie's newly formed business empire is struggling. The exclusive Rhives Castle Hotel isn't attracting enough guests and The Langmore and Highland Gazette, the local newspaper which they own, has run a potentially libellous story concerning best-selling author, Alexia White. On top of everything Carrie has news which surprises Sam. Elfrida gets her big break when she is offered a small part in a soap opera, however, this is going to mean more time away from her beloved Oscar. Meanwhile Lucinda, The Countess of Rhives, is enjoying her new-found lease of life away from the burden of running the castle.


The film was first shown on ZDF in Germany on 25 December 2005. In the United Kingdom, it first received a straight-to-DVD release in 2006, but was later broadcast by Channel 5, with the first airing on 11 June 2012.[1]


  1. Channel 5: Summer Solstice Linked 2013-06-12

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