The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »
The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon Forsyte. Soames is a solicitor, all proper and straight-laced. His love for the beautiful Irene is his only weakness as is his beautiful daughter Fleur. Young Jolyon is the opposite, a free-thinking artist who abandons his wife to live with his children's nanny. Their lives and their children's lives will intersect over 30 years bringing happiness to some and tragedy to others. Written by
The entire Forsyte Saga written between 1906 and 1933 (last 2 books were published after his death) earned John Galsworthy his Nobel prize. The version that the BBC produced is true to the story and the characters. Eric Porter's Soames is brilliant. Nyree Dawn Porter, who I never saw again, brings quintisential elegance to the role of Irene. Kenneth More plays Jolyon to the hilt. The remaining cast is solid and binds the 26 hours of TV history together as well.
This program was the forerunner of the extended series. It broke new ground and captivated audiences at the time. The BBC version was based on 6 of the 9 books. That is OK, since the last three books extend the story to relations of the main Forsyte characters.
It is available on video. However the video is PAL format and you need to get it converted to NTSC. (If interested in the details of this please e-mail to me. I do not sell or convert the tapes but I'll tell you how.)
There also is a set of 9 Audio Tapes where the entire book is read by David Case (Books on Tape). Mr. Case does a truly excellent job in bringing every character to life.
I recommend that you get the family tree prior to reading, listening, or viewing the tapes.
This is a real treat to those that like Victorian/Edwardian period pieces.
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