The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.

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Series cast summary:
 Sidney Godolphin 12 episodes, 1969
Robert Robinson ...
 Louis XIV 11 episodes, 1969
 Princess Anne / ... 9 episodes, 1969
Roger Mutton ...
 George of Denmark 8 episodes, 1969
 Laurence Hyde / ... 8 episodes, 1969
John Westbrook ...
 James, Duke of York / ... 6 episodes, 1969
 James, Duke of Monmouth / ... 6 episodes, 1969
Lisa Daniely ...
 Princess Mary / ... 6 episodes, 1969
 Charles Churchill 6 episodes, 1969
Job Stewart ...
 Lord Shrewsbury 6 episodes, 1969
James Villiers ...
 Charles II 5 episodes, 1969
 Abigail Hill / ... 5 episodes, 1969
 Henrietta Godolphin / ... 5 episodes, 1969
Arthur Pentelow ...
 Earl of Danby / ... 5 episodes, 1969
John Humphry ...
 Sunderland 5 episodes, 1969
John Tordoff ...


The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.

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Release Date:

10 January 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los primeros Churchills  »

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(12 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The very first presentation by PBS Masterpiece Theatre. See more »


Warlike Consort: Trumpet Tune from King Arthur
By Henry Purcell
[Opening credits theme]
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Well acted history lesson
12 May 2000 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

I saw most of this fine historical mini-series when I was 12 years old( though I missed The Battle of Blenhiem episode)-and I found it very easy to follow.( But then again, I have been a voracious reader of history since I was about six.) The film is faithful to Winston Churchill's somewhat hagiographic treatment of his pretty roguish ancestors, and to the Whig interpretation of history , with brave England saving us all from having to speak French. Still, despite thhese faults, it is a very good costumer. John Neville, John Standing, James Villiers, and the incomparable Susan Hampshire put in excellent performances. I was moved by the death of Godolphins wife, and amused by the great scene when an anti- Catholic mob surrounds Nell Gwynn's carriage, shouting " Its the Catholic whore!". She answers " Be silent, good people, I am THE PROTESTANT WHORE", and they burst into cheers.

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