The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.
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 John Churchill / ... (12 episodes, 1969)
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 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)
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 James, Duke of Monmouth / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
Lisa Daniely ...
 Princess Mary / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
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 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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The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.

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10 January 1971 (USA)  »

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Los primeros Churchills  »

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Robert Aldous has said in a interview with Toby Hadoke that location was problematic because of aircraft noise and rain. See more »

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Rondeau From Abdelazer Suite
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By Henry Purcell
[Closing credits theme]
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Rich, complex historical drama
14 July 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This was an incredibly exciting series when it was first broadcast in North America - a first view of the riches of British historical costume drama. The story was a complex one, though much less complex than the actual history upon which it was based. I was swept away with admiration for John Churchill, fighting the French against great odds and with huge handicaps, and never losing a battle. The political scheming behind the scenes in England finally brought him down, and I felt as indignant as I'm sure Winston Churchill would have wanted me to at the shabby treatment given his great ancestor. The beautiful Susan Hampshire is wonderful as the love of his life, Sarah. The real Sarah was a very intelligent, indomitable woman who exercised great power before she and her husband were defeated by their enemies at court, and Hampshire plays her to perfection.


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