Lillie (1978)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Adventure | Biography | Drama
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 321 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 4 critic

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 18 Jun 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 08 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 Feb 2014
 
a list of 34 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lillie" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lillie (1978– )

Lillie (1978– ) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lillie.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1978  
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Four American girls go to England to find husbands.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino
Aristocrats (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

18th-century England and Ireland viewed through the eyes of four beautiful high-born sisters - Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, great-granddaughters of a king, daughters of a cabinet minister, and wives of politicians and peers.

Stars: Siân Phillips, Alun Armstrong, Ben Daniels
Under the Greenwood Tree (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

Director: Nicholas Laughland
Stars: Keeley Hawes, James Murray, Terry Mortimer
Edward the King (TV Series 1975)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The life of Edward VII (1841 - 1910), the King of the United Kingdom. Before becoming the king he developed a reputation of a playboy which angered his mother, Queen Victoria. He was a reformer and modernizer, but also an elitist.

Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan
Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham
Middlemarch (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy
The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne
Berkeley Square (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Three young women from very different backgrounds meet, become friends and share experiences when they all gain positions as nannies in the wealthy households of London's exclusive Berkeley Square.

Stars: Victoria Smurfit, Clare Wilkie, Tabitha Wady
The Tide of Life (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby ... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Hardcastle, Gillian Kearney, John Bowler
He Knew He Was Right (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage.

Stars: Oliver Dimsdale, Christina Cole, Laura Fraser
The Moonstone (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the fabulous Moonstone diamond is stolen, all the suspects appear to have alibis. Even the young girl who owns the diamond won't say whom she saw took it. Her fiancee calls in the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bierman
Stars: Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes, Terrence Hardiman
The Pallisers (TV Mini-Series 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Lillie (13 episodes, 1978)
Catherine Feller ...
 Dominique (11 episodes, 1978)
Peggy Ann Wood ...
 Mrs. Le Breton (10 episodes, 1978)
Anton Rodgers ...
 Edward Langtry (9 episodes, 1978)
Denis Lill ...
 Prince of Wales (Bertie) / ... (9 episodes, 1978)
...
 Oscar Wilde (9 episodes, 1978)
...
 Patsy Cornwallis-West (8 episodes, 1978)
Brian Deacon ...
 Frank Miles (7 episodes, 1978)
Patrick Holt ...
 Dean Le Breton (7 episodes, 1978)
John Barcroft ...
 Francis Knollys (7 episodes, 1978)
Ann Firbank ...
 Princess Alexandra / ... (6 episodes, 1978)
Edit

Storyline

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly drinks himself to death, Lillie embarks upon a sensational career as a somewhat talented yet beautiful actress in Britain and the United States. Throughout her life she attracts rich and sometimes brutal lovers, endures financial ruin and scandal, yet maintains her dignity, elegance, and a certain amount of her beauty until the end of her life. Written by <LACrosthwait@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 March 1979 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Francesca Annis (Lillie Langtry) is the only actor to appear in all 13 episodes of the series. In second place is Catherine Feller (Dominique), who appears in every episode except the first and last. See more »

Quotes

Lord Rosslyn: When you two talk together, do you always talk about nothing but art?
Oscar Wilde: Of course not, Lord Rosslyn. When Jimmy and I are together, we never talk about anything exept ourselves.
J. M. Whistler: Oh no, you forget, dear Oscar, when you and I are together, we never talk about anything except me.
Oscar Wilde: That's true, Jimmy. We do talk about you, but I think about myself.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fascinating portrait of a woman ahead of her time
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I almost gave up after watching the first few episodes of this mini-series, where the BBC fell back on its standard "close-up of unblinking female faces" instead of giving us a *clue* what the characters were thinking and why they were behaving the way they did.

I'm so grateful I stayed with the series. Once it got past Lillie's "awkward adolescence" (which seemed to be more a case of "awkward script-writing"), I almost couldn't stop watching. This is a lovely portrait of the Gilded Age. Francesca Annis does an outstanding job with her role as Lillie evolves from naive fawn through sharp, resilient businesswoman and into a more mellow old age.

Along the way we meet Oscar Wilde, written and played to perfection, Bertie Prince of Wales, John Whisler, Sara Bernhardt, Princess Alix, Disraeli and Gladstone, and a wide variety of others (both well-known today and the obscure) who made up a society that seems alien and totally contemporary at the same time.

I found myself dazzled by Langtry's audacity -- to my embarrassment, I even gasped alongside the characters on screen at times! Yet, like fictional heroine Scarlett O'Hara or scores of real-life trail-blazing women such as Elizabeth I, Langtry did what she had to do to create the life she desired. It wasn't all pretty, and the appalling double standards for women and men made some of her choices inevitable, but her courage and fierce intelligence took my breath away. The fact that Annis plays her not as a straight "conniving b***h" but as a complex woman pulled between her desire for independence and her need to love and be loved makes it that much more interesting. There are moments when one detests her character, only to be overtaken minutes later by her kindness and thoughtfulness.

The series suffers from very awkward cuts as it jumps forward in time at odd intervals. One wonders why they couldn't include a subtitle telling us the year at least! Like many BBC productions of the era, the sound is uneven and some of the editing a bit long and tedious. It also left some fairly large holes in the plot, such as the complete absence of Alice Keppel, Bertie's most famous mistress. But it's by far the best production I've seen from the BBC of that era. I found myself wondering what it would look like with "Forsyte Saga" production values today.

This would be a wonderful series to watch with teenagers in order to examine social mores. Themes of peer pressure, the "in crowd," double standards for men and women, sexual politics, class, and much more are present in almost every episode.

By the time the series was half over, I was already looking for a good biography of Lillie so I could know how much of the series was accurate. It's rare for a series to fire the imagination to such a great extent. A wonderful series, masterfully acted by Annis (as well as Denis Lill as Bertie and Peter Egan as Wilde). Highly recommended.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
lillie e_allum
I thought it rather boring after a while MajorSplash
Discuss Lillie (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?