Synopsis of “Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles”

Upcoming TVB Anniversary series, Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族> will be aired on October 22. Producer Chong Wai Kin’s (莊偉建) forty-episode drama stars Damien Lau (劉松仁), Idy Chan (陳玉蓮), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Ron  Ng (吳卓羲), Elena Kong (江美儀), Mary Hon (韓馬利), JJ Jia (賈曉晨), and Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗).

The drama follows the lives of a large, rich, and influential Chinese family living in British Hong Kong during the 1920’s and 30’s, a time when eastern and western cultures clashed, and women began to fight for a position in society to change the traditions of a woman always coming second behind a man.

Although wealthy and renowned barrister, Chung Cheuk Man (Damian Lau) studied abroad in England and enjoyed a western lifestyle, deep down he is still a traditional Chinese man. Similar to many upper class during that era, Cheuk Man has many wives and mistresses, a symbol of his status. His first wife Koo Sum Lan (Mary Hon) was born from a wealthy family. His second wife, Aisin Gioro Yee Yin (Idy Chan) is an former princess from the Qing dynasty. His third wife, Yvonne Yik (Elena Kong) came from a rich banker family. Peking opera singer Hong Tsz Kwan (Tavia Yeung) is the fourth wife. The fifth woman in Cheuk Man’s life is Chiu Dan Dan (JJ Jia, who was only interested in living a luxurious and materialistic lifestyle.

Of the five women, Cheuk Man’s most beloved is Tsz Kwan, but she is a very strong advocate in women’s rights, with her opinions always clashing with the traditional Cheuk Man.

The drama also portrayed the differences between the Cheuk Man and his children. Due to the strict lifestyle and teachings of Cheuk Man, his two sons, Chung Kai Sun (Kenneth Ma) and Chung Kai Wah (Vincent Wong 王浩信)had constant arguments with their father, and his daughter, Chung Ho Yee (Sire Ma 馬賽)married a poor policeman against the family’s will.

As arguments between the Chung’s family members intensify, another foe of the family caused further complications. Kam Muk Shui (Ron Ng) has strong feelings for  Kwai Siu Yau (Rebecca Zhu), who came from the same orphanage. Angered by losing Siu Yau when she married into the Chung family as Kai Sun’s wife, Muk Shui decided to plot his revenge by involving himself with the members of the Chung’s family.

The elite family may seem brilliant on the outside, but deep down it was being torn apart….


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  1. Rebecca looks different every time I see her. Sometimes she looks cute and sometimes not.

      1. Oh so the lady in the photo is Rebecca. I thought she was Fala at first and was trying to find her name in the article.

  2. Synopsis seems to be a very entertaining and gripping series…hope it is not all hype.

    1. Aptos,
      Grand family dramas is what TVB excels at. We have multiple wives plotting for Damien’s favor (similar to imperial court dramas) and secret enemies ready to bring the family down. I expect a lot of face-slapping (Damien slapping his kids and his wives having various showdowns).

      When the drama was initially announced last year, it allegedly found inspiration in Damien and Liza Wang’s classic series, “Yesterday’s Glitters,” which did set the precedent for this genre of the downfall of grand families torn apart by scheming wives. I find the plot to be a bit cliche, but the cast should deliver in its more dramatic scenes.

      1. Yes, grand family dramas are TVB’s speciality but IDK about “excel at” them. It’s gotten stale and I fear this drama will lose steam midways as TVB dramas are known to do. Still Damian is always a great draw and the cast seems like a refreshing mix so I’ll give it a chance.

  3. “Of the five women, Cheuk Man’s most beloved is Tsz Kwan, but she is a very strong advocate in women’s rights, with her opinions always clashing with the traditional Cheuk Man.”

    And doesn’t make sense she is willing to be the 4th wife.

    1. from an interview tavia and damien did about this she apparently Tsz Kwan didnt willingly become the wife as she was a sold to the opera house when she was young so Cheuk Man “bought” her over to become his wife.

  4. Another big family oriental series, Like it <3333

    can't wait to see it aired.. btw, is TY gonna be evil in this series?

  5. Aww, I was so happy to see Kenneth and tavia, and now so sad to see they are not couple >_< yea, shoot me :p grand production is only interesting if they have interesting couples, so far, there aren't any 🙁

  6. Sound good, hope there is lots of cat fight and slapping lolz
    Looking forward to see Ma Ming, Vincent, Elena and JJ.

  7. Sound like a good drama with my fav casts – KM and TY. Hope to see a different TY. Can’t wait for it to be broadcast.

  8. my most anticipated series this year. please don’t let it end up like “born rich”…

    1. Born Rich definitely had the cast but the script was terribly written.

      1. i know, horrible series thru n thru. barely skipping thru and i had to dl the end for my mom or i would have skipped the ending too. such a BS long series…

    2. I know! I am a big fan of Gallen Lo but even he couldn’t keep me from quitting half way through the series.

  9. Mary Hon and Damian Lau actually have very good chemistry all throughout the years, no matter whether they are playing lovers or enemies. Will definately tune in for this.

    But not sure about Fiona Sit singing the theme.

  10. Ma Ming is very handsome in this outfit. will definitely watch it!

  11. I like Rebecca. She has special pretty looks that’s not too pretty but is attractive on TV.

  12. Ron’s character sounds interesting. It’s time he tries being a villain!

    1. ron has played a villian many timess in his mainland series and he has done a good job in them

  13. Yes, this is definitely a must-see for me. I love watching dramas where family members are scheming to gain control and power. Can’t wait!

  14. So excited for this drama! The plot sounds good, and it’s one of those storylines that TVB is best at 😀

  15. Tavia’s head too LONG shape, does not look good with these custom hair styles. Tavia: head too long, face too long, nose too long.

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