The Pallisers (1974– )

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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Susan Hampshire ...
 Glencora / ... (26 episodes, 1974)
Philip Latham ...
 Plantagenet / ... (26 episodes, 1974)
Barbara Murray ...
 Marie Finn / ... (21 episodes, 1974)
Moray Watson ...
 Barrington Erle (20 episodes, 1974)
Donald Pickering ...
 Dolly Longstaffe (20 episodes, 1974)
Maurice Quick ...
 Collingwood (19 episodes, 1974)
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 Duke of St. Bungay (18 episodes, 1974)
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 Phineas Finn (17 episodes, 1974)
Bryan Pringle ...
 Mr. Monk (13 episodes, 1974)
Roland Culver ...
 Duke of Omnium (11 episodes, 1974)
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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of study. The backdrop is the House of Commons in Great Britain as we watch the comings and goings and loves and tragedies of the powerful and not so powerful. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net> (Added correction, yetivelorry@yahoo.com)

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Hayley Mills was originally cast as Glencora Palliser, but backed out when her doctor thought it would be too strenuous as she had just had a baby. Meanwhile, Susan Hampshire had also just had a baby, but her daughter had died. Susan's doctor thought work would be the best thing for her, so she took the part. See more »

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Alice Vavasor: Lady Glencora, gentlemen, has the gift of laughter, which has always been hated by the poor in spirit and loved by the gods.
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Referenced in Are You Being Served?: The Think Tank (1974) See more »

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Outstanding Period Drama
8 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This excellent series starts slowly and takes several episodes to really get off the ground, but patience is rewarded because the series becomes quite engrossing. Most of the acting is excellent, with many of the "Usual Suspects" of BBC/Masterpiece Theater productions. Central to the whole drama are Phillip Lathan as Plantagenet Palliser and Susan Hampshire as PP's wife, Lady Glencora. Past the first few episodes they are rarely at the center of the goings on, but they provide a dramatic constant and help hold the rather sprawling series together. The focus of the series, like Trollope's "Palliser" novels, moves from one series of characters and events to another. While this makes "The Pallisers" a bit jumpy and episodic, it does provide variety and keeps the very long miniseries from getting stale. My personal favorite series of episodes are those in which Phineas Finn is tried for murder; there are some wonderful courtroom scenes. If you like period drama, this is just the ticket for you.


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