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Release Date:
7 January 1967 (UK) See more »
The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England... See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Galsworthy's chronicle of property and possession. Not shown in the U.S. until the early '70s, it inaugurated the PBS TV series "Masterpiece Theatre." See more (24 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 77)

Eric Porter ... Soames Forsyte (26 episodes, 1967)

Margaret Tyzack ... Winifred Dartie (23 episodes, 1967)

Nyree Dawn Porter ... Irene Forsyte née Heron (19 episodes, 1967)
June Barry ... June Forsyte (16 episodes, 1967)

Kenneth More ... 'Young Jolyon' Forsyte (15 episodes, 1967)
Maggie Jones ... Smither (14 episodes, 1967)

Susan Hampshire ... Fleur Mont née Forsyte (14 episodes, 1967)
Nicholas Pennell ... Michael Mont (14 episodes, 1967)

John Welsh ... James Forsyte (12 episodes, 1967)
John Barcroft ... George Forsyte (11 episodes, 1967)

Suzanne Neve ... Holly Dartie née Forsyte (11 episodes, 1967)

Series Directed by
David Giles (18 episodes, 1967)
James Cellan Jones (7 episodes, 1967)
Series Writing credits
John Galsworthy (26 episodes, 1967)
Donald Wilson (11 episodes, 1967)
Anthony Steven (7 episodes, 1967)
Lawrie Craig (3 episodes, 1967)
Vincent Tilsley (3 episodes, 1967)
Constance Cox (2 episodes, 1967)

Lennox Phillips (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Donald Wilson .... producer (26 episodes, 1967)
Series Original Music by
Marcus Dods (26 episodes, 1967)
Series Film Editing by
Peter Pierce (10 episodes, 1967)
David Taylor (4 episodes, 1967)
Geoffrey Fry (2 episodes, 1967)
Larry Toft (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Production Design by
Spencer Chapman (17 episodes, 1967)
Sally Hulke (7 episodes, 1967)
Series Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott (25 episodes, 1967)
Series Makeup Department
Ann Ferriggi .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1967)
Series Sound Department
Ray Angel .... sound (20 episodes, 1967)
David Kitchen .... sound (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Westbury .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1967)
James Purdie .... lighting (7 episodes, 1967)
Robert Wright .... lighting technician (7 episodes, 1967)
Tony Leggo .... cameraman (5 episodes, 1967)
Tom Moncrieff .... lighting (4 episodes, 1967)
Jimmy Richardson .... lighting (4 episodes, 1967)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Ellacott .... costumes (1 episode, 1967)
Series Editorial Department
Ron Bowman .... video tape editor / videotape editor (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Music Department
Eric Coates .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Marcus Dods .... conductor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Lennox Phillips .... story editor (26 episodes, 1967)
John Holmes .... dog trainer (5 episodes, 1967)

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50 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The end credits say, "Music: Marcus Dods", but he only conducted the 'Eric Coates' (non-original) theme music.See more »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Creation of the Daleks (2006) (V)See more »
Halcyon DaysSee more »


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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Galsworthy's chronicle of property and possession. Not shown in the U.S. until the early '70s, it inaugurated the PBS TV series "Masterpiece Theatre.", 31 March 2004
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As of this writing, all 26 episodes of this legendary series are available in the U.S. on DVD through BBC Video via Warner. For the past several evenings, I have been working my way through them, enchanted by its solid craft and thorough execution. What most impresses is the quality of the writing and acting, and how well it all holds up after nearly 40 years. Eric Porter's portrayal of Soames Forsyte is a remarkable creation: Caustic, selfish, sexually predatory, and haunted by sadness, it is among the small screen's great performances. This pillar of society is a suffering outsider and one of the series' most intriguing aspects is how the viewer's sympathies are subtly guided toward Soames and away from Jolyon and Irene as the saga progresses.

Soames may be loathsome in the early episodes, but age and a life of disappointment soften him into an admirable, if wintry, human being. Whereas Kenneth More's Jolyon and Nyree Dawn Porter's Irene seem more and more complacent and sanctimonious, especially in those scenes where Jolyon expounds endlessly on the need for freedom in human relations to a nodding, dewy-eyed Irene. Yet these two goody-goodies forbid their son Jon to pursue his love for Fleur! What is Jolyon, but a breezy, if fundamentally decent, charmer who blunders his way into an inherited fortune? And what is Irene, but a spineless beauty who cannot cope with the depth of Soames' feelings? (But then, who could?)

Other than the scenes where Soames appears, the later episodes relax. Nicholas Pennell is admirable as Michael Mont, the aristocrat with a heart-of-gold who marries the wayward Fleur (Susan Hampshire) and unintentionally causes endless unhappiness. His character underscores Galsworthy's essentially skeptical view of human endeavor. The outstanding cast included some of Britain's best performers of its day. Some went on to bigger things, such as the game Ms. Hampshire, but a review of the cast's vital statistics reveals that many have already passed away. This is their legacy.

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