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

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Francesca Annis (Lillie Langtry) plays the mother of Joanna David (Jeanne Marie Malcolm) in the series even though she is only a year and a half her senior in real life. See more »

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Oscar Wilde: "the love that dare not speak its name", in this century, is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man, as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy. It is that deep affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art, like those of Shakespeare and Michaelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, and on account of it am I placed where I am now. It is...
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Not by the BBC
6 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Here are just a quick few words in order to correct irish23 above;

This series was NOT made by the BBC but by the ITV (Independant Television) company LWT (London Weekend Television). LWT was a regional independent TV company which was financed by advertising and sales of programmes such as Lillie abroad. It only catered to the London area, but other regional ITV companies provided shows for other parts of the UK, such as Grampian in Scotland, and Tyne Tees in Newcastle. Unfortunately, the Conservatives de-regulated TV in the 1990s, and now all regions come under the "ITV" name.

The BBC, which continues to leech off its licence fee payers for revenue, made a series called The Dutchess of Duke St, about a similar female character making her own fame and fortune, without the aid of the men in her life.

Another ITV series was the far superior Upstairs Downstairs, which I seem to recall being repeated on Sunday nights in place of Lillie.


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