The First Churchills (1969)

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1969
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 John Churchill / ... (12 episodes, 1969)
Susan Hampshire ...
 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough / ... (12 episodes, 1969)
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 Sidney Godolphin (12 episodes, 1969)
Robert Robinson ...
 Louis XIV (11 episodes, 1969)
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 Princess Anne / ... (9 episodes, 1969)
Roger Mutton ...
 George of Denmark (8 episodes, 1969)
John Ringham ...
 Laurence Hyde / ... (8 episodes, 1969)
Alan Rowe ...
 William, Prince of Orange / ... (7 episodes, 1969)
John Westbrook ...
 James, Duke of York / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
James Kerry ...
 James, Duke of Monmouth (6 episodes, 1969)
Lisa Daniely ...
 Princess Mary / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
Michael Culver ...
 Charles Churchill (6 episodes, 1969)
Job Stewart ...
 Lord Shrewsbury (6 episodes, 1969)
James Villiers ...
 Charles II (5 episodes, 1969)
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 Abigail Hill / ... (5 episodes, 1969)
Polly Adams ...
 Henrietta Godolphin / ... (5 episodes, 1969)
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 Mary, Duchess of York / ... (5 episodes, 1969)
Arthur Pentelow ...
 Earl of Danby / ... (5 episodes, 1969)
John Humphry ...
 Sunderland (5 episodes, 1969)
John Tordoff ...
 Becket (5 episodes, 1969)
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10 January 1971 (USA)  »

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Judi Dench was slated to star as Sarah, but was unable to. The role went to Susan Hampshire, who went on to win an Emmy for her portrayal of Sarah Churchill. See more »

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Praise to Susan Hampshire
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fine BBC production about key players in a lesser known period of history, the fact that they are ancestors of Winston Churchill is interesting but really doesn't factor into the story. The real focus is about royal power struggles and the emergence of the Churchill line. A bit stagy and it shows its age in film quality but the performances make all that secondary. John Neville is good but this really belongs to Susan Hampshire as Sarah Churchill who is by turns kittenish, vixenish and noble. A top star in England since the 60's her talent is great and her presence enchanting it's a pity she's not better known. She is in the same league as Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.


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