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 Benjamin Disraeli (4 episodes, 1978)
Rosemary Leach ...
 Queen Victoria (4 episodes, 1978)
Mary Peach ...
 Mary Anne / ... (3 episodes, 1978)
Brett Usher ...
 Edward Lytton Bulwer / ... (3 episodes, 1978)
John Carlisle ...
 W.E. Gladstone / ... (3 episodes, 1978)
Jeremy Clyde ...
 Lord John Manners (3 episodes, 1978)
Brewster Mason ...
 Chancellor Bismarck / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
David de Keyser ...
 Baron de Rothschild (2 episodes, 1978)
David Wood ...
 Lord Derby (2 episodes, 1978)
John Gregg ...
 Lord Salisbury (2 episodes, 1978)
Frances Bennett ...
 Lady Chesterfield (2 episodes, 1978)
Brendan Barry ...
 Sir Stafford Northcote (2 episodes, 1978)
Patrick Drury ...
 Montagu Corry / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Hughes ...
 Philip Rose (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Miles ...
 Lord Henry Lennox (2 episodes, 1978)
Leigh Lawson ...
 Count Alfred D'Orsay (2 episodes, 1978)
Margaret Whiting ...
 Lady Blessington (2 episodes, 1978)
Mark Dignam ...
 Lord Lyndhurst (2 episodes, 1978)
William Russell ...
 Wyndham Lewis (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Isaac D'Israeli (2 episodes, 1978)
Maria Charles ...
 Maria D'Israeli (2 episodes, 1978)
Barrie Cookson ...
 Lord Derby / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Jenny Lipman ...
 Sarah D'Israeli (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Rosina Bulwer (2 episodes, 1978)
Antony Brown ...
 Sir Robert Peel (2 episodes, 1978)
Godfrey Quigley ...
 Daniel O'Connell (2 episodes, 1978)
Sheridan Fitzgerald ...
 Selina Forester (2 episodes, 1978)
David Riley ...
 George Smythe (2 episodes, 1978)
Anton Rodgers ...
 Lord George Bentinck (2 episodes, 1978)
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Exceptional BBC Miniseries
10 December 2000 | by (Midwich, in the pub) – See all my reviews

I was only about 12 when PBS here in the US originally aired this, and I recall pretending to be sick and staying home one day from school so that I could catch the final episode one weekday afternoon. I probably learned more about history that day than I did in a year wasted in our public schools, and it was entertaining, too.

Sadly, the BBC doesn't seem to produce shows like this anymore, and if they do PBS isn't buying them. Pity.


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