In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a ... See full summary »
In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a wastrel, a roue and, like his father, loves to hunt. The younger son William lives to fly aeroplanes. Christina finds herself struggling with the ideas of classism as she falls in love with country life, the hunt, and one of her cousins. But after their impulsive marriage, when her husband is called away by the First World War, Christina must keep Flambards afloat by herself. Written by
I saw this for the first time back in the early 80s and fell in love - with the story, the cast, the music - with everything about it. I was already in my early 20s, but I dropped everything to watch it. It's wonderful. There are scenes that are laugh-out-loud funny, but I start to cry when Christina and William fly the Channel, and it's almost non-stop from there until after Isobel's birth.
I am, however, very surprised that none of the younger cast members has gone on to "bigger and better" things. They are all very talented and were wonderful in their roles. I'd love to see them do other things.
It is unusual for me to prefer an adaptation to a book, but in this case it's true. The books are enjoyable, but the series is a delight. Back in the days before VCRs, the books were all I had, so I bought them and read them all more times than I can say.
When the tapes came out, I was ecstatic. I ordered them immediately and had a Flambards marathon (repeated several times over the years!). Now I dream about the day it comes out on DVD...with commentaries!
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