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 Lillie (13 episodes, 1978)
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 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)
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 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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The series takes place from 1868 to 1929. 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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Divine series, outstanding Annis
21 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this biographical series truly fascinating. I was introduced to it by my grandmother, and I saw it with her, and I couldn't stop watching. "Lillie" is divine in every sense of the word, with sumptuous attention to detail, with the breathtaking scenery and lavish costumes. The music is beautiful and haunting, and the script is sophisticated enough. The story of Lillie, the woman ahead of her time, is compelling and maintains interest throughout. The performances are top notch, with Francessca Annis outstanding as Lillie, playing her with grace, determination and a great deal of charm. Peter Egan plays Oscar Wilde pretty much to perfection, and Anton Rogers is excellent as Langtry. Do I have any complaints about "Lillie"? Not of the mini-series itself, as I found it positively divine, but the picture quality was sometimes a little too grainy and washed out. Overall, I loved "Lillie" and recommend it. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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