Phillipa Talbot (Diana Rigg) was a widowed, successful career woman. She had position, wealth, a devoted lover. She also had a heart numbed by self-hatred. A heart that refused to love. In This House of Brede is the story of Phillipa's search for love in the mysterious, sequestered world of Benedictine nuns at Brede Abbey. It tells of her tormented relationships with two women: A young novice who questions her fidelity to her vows which causes her pain, and an older woman whose hatred almost destroys her. She ultimately learns to love both in equal measure. Based on the best-selling novel by Rumer Godden and filmed on location at genuine convents in London and Ireland.