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 Vita Sackville-West (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Harold Nicolson (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Lady Sackville (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Denys Trefusis (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Nigel Nicolson (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Concierge (4 episodes, 1990)
David Griffith ...
 Purser (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Ben Nicolson (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Lady Carnock (2 episodes, 1990)
Madelaine Newton ...
 Mrs. Milligan (2 episodes, 1990)
Judy Elrington ...
 Nanny (2 episodes, 1990)
Madeline Blakeney ...
 Mrs. Staples (2 episodes, 1990)
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Melodrama detailing the real-life love affair between feminist writer Vita Sackville-West and novelist Violet Keppel against the backdrop of post-World War I England and opposition by Vita's politician husband Harold Nicolson. Vita and Violet's romantic relationship becomes increasingly obsessive which spawns destructive feelings of possessiveness and jealousy between them. Written by Anonymous

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An Otherwise Perfect Union
21 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson were married for more than 50 years and the parents of Benedict and Nigel Nicholson MBE, OBE, who wrote about his parents' unusual marriage in a very loving way. Both Vita and Harold had homosexual relationships on the side but it was Vita's relationship with childhood friend, Violet Keppel Trefuses who by the way is related to Camilla Parker-Bowles distantly that nearly threatened Vita and Harold's marriage. Marriage is an institution which produced two fine sons. The actress, Janet McTeer, who plays Vita does a superb job and memorable. Violet is played by Cathryn Harrison who I believe is Sir Rex Harrison's daughter or relative. Anyway the acting is sensational and it was quite revolutionary for it's time on television during Masterpiece Theater. Harold and Vita's marriage may have been quite unconventional by it's unusual circumstances but they stayed together. They built Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England. Vita wrote a beautiful poem about her love for Harold. Now regardless that their union had outside lovers like Violet and Virginia Woolfe. They always returned to each other for comfort, companionship, and conversation. No, this marriage probably wouldn't survive today because there is just too much focus on sex completing a marriage. For those of us who know better, sex does not complete the marriage but enhance it. THe sexual desires of Vita and Harold may have been toward their own sex but they returned to each other every time. A successful marriage is based on being able to turn to the one you love, trust, and need in your most desperate time. Nigel wrote a loving book about his parents' unconventional marriage but he wrote that they still loved each other and returned to each other from their infidelities every time even with Violet Keppel.


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