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June Barry ...
 June Forsyte 16 episodes, 1967
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Maggie Jones ...
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Nicholas Pennell ...
 Michael Mont 14 episodes, 1967
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 James Forsyte 12 episodes, 1967
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 George Forsyte 11 episodes, 1967
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 Holly Dartie née Forsyte 11 episodes, 1967
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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 garykmcd

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(26 episodes)

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Donald Wilson gave up his position as Head of BBC Serials in 1965 so that he could concentrate all his efforts on making this serial. See more »

Quotes

Jolyon 'Jo' Forsyte: I'm not a true Forsyte. I'm a bit of a mongrel. I put the ha'pennies on my cheques, not take them off.
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Connections

Version of That Forsyte Woman (1949) See more »

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Halcyon Days
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(from the suite 'The Three Elizabeths')
By Eric Coates
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The Best Dramatic Series in Television History
31 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most influential series-and one of the best-ever made. It's the film that inspired the creation of PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre" and the birth of the U.S. mini-series and for it's almost 24 hours it's utterly spellbinding.

The series is adapted from six novels and three short stories by John Galsworthy about the Forsyte family of upwardly mobile Britishers in the late 19th-early 20th century, focussing in particular on the "Man of Property," Soames Forsyte (Eric Porter), who mistakes possession for love until he finally has a child, the spoiled yet totally captivating Fleur (Susan Hampshire). The adaptation is mostly faithful, though it opens with three episodes not in the original novels but dramatizing their backstory. In addition, Soames's first wife, Irene (the utterly amazing Nyree Dawn Porter), is more of a presence in the final chapters than she was in the later books.

If you ever get a chance to see this series (I don't think it's availabe on video at present), jump at it. The story is epic in scope yet quite moving on the personal level as Galsworthy traces the tortuous relationships of this large Victorian family in a manner that would make most soap opera writers green with envy.


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