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)
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)
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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)
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 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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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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