In 1939, young Oliver, Calypso, Polly and Walter visit friends and family in Cornwall. Spanish Civil War is over and WW2 has begun, so they enjoy their love life while they can. Decades later, they gather again, this time for a funereal.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1992  
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Dance to the Music of Time (TV Mini-Series 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.

Stars: Gillian Barge, Nicholas Jones, Simon Russell Beale
Melissa (TV Mini-Series 1997)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Julie Walters, Tim Dutton, Adrian Dunbar
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves
Shooting the Past (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school ... See full summary »

Stars: John Duttine, Frank Middlemass, Alan MacNaughtan
Cambridge Spies (TV Mini-Series 2003)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt
Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.

Director: Milton Katselas
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart
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
The Mistress (1985–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Stars: Felicity Kendal, Jane Asher, Jack Galloway
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, Wendy Morgan
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Helena (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Sophy (older) (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Calypso (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Oliver (older) (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Sophy (4 episodes, 1992)
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
 Hamish / ... (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Richard (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Max (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Polly (older) (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Monika (4 episodes, 1992)
Vivienne Ritchie ...
 Iris (4 episodes, 1992)
John Elmes ...
 James (4 episodes, 1992)
James Gaddas ...
 Tony (4 episodes, 1992)
...
 Polly (3 episodes, 1992)
Polly Adams ...
 Sarah (3 episodes, 1992)
...
 Oliver (3 episodes, 1992)
Jeremy Brook ...
 Paul (3 episodes, 1992)
Joss Brook ...
 David (3 episodes, 1992)
...
 Calypso (older) (2 episodes, 1992)
Martin Benson ...
 Pauli (2 episodes, 1992)
Ben Walden ...
 Walter (2 episodes, 1992)
Richard Syms ...
 Parson (2 episodes, 1992)
Donald Pickering ...
 George (2 episodes, 1992)
...
 General / ... (2 episodes, 1992)
Jane Evers ...
 Mildred Floyer (2 episodes, 1992)
Edit

Storyline

Presents the lives and loves of a family of cousins from 1939 to the present. Follows very closely the Mary Wesley novel. Begins with a funeral and uses the reminiscences of those gathered to fill in details in the lives of Richard and Helena and their nieces and nephews. Written by Dorothy Burgess

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Kamomillapiha  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nudity, smut and depravity—what's not to like?
5 September 2013 | by (UWS, NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

With a strong cast headed by two of the stars of the Britcom classic "Good Neighbors" and a rash of complaints from Netflix members about nudity, "smut" and depravity, this '92 UK series seemed like a sureshot. Based on a novel by the renegade daughter of an old-school military family, it's a brisk, gossipy account of the martial, marital and extramarital adventures of an extended family of cousins in the early years of WW II. The Martha Stuarty title might be misleading; the lawn in question adjoins a cliffside house in Cornwall that belongs to most of the other characters' Aunt Helena (Felicity Kendal!), the exasperated wife of Uncle Richard (Paul Eddington!), a cranky, appeasement-minded, one-legged veteran of "the last show" (WW I). Also in residence is Sophy (an amazing debut performance by 11-year-old Rebecca Hall), a sensitive younger cousin who's being raised, haphazardly, by Richard and Helena. It's true that some of the characters, in their youthful self-involvement, can be a bit much (notably flashy, posh-voiced Calypso, a nice juicy part for Jennifer Ehle), but the series is consistently involving and occasionally quite moving. Paul Eddington totally nails a scene in which Richard, portrayed as a squawking grotesque till then, discusses sex and marriage with Calypso in a sweetly unguarded way; the last episode, set in the 1970s—by which time adorable Sophy has grown up to be a cranky Claire Bloom—is watchable but disappointing.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dialogue Between Polly and Tony in Bed - Help with a word used. villagevicarage
no redeeming characters ship_ahoy_matey
Question about 'The Hounds' Yankee64
whatever happened to rebecca hall? johnmperry
more mary wesley books made into tv movies!!! rebeccajjeffery
Don't know about you... Archie_Leech
Discuss The Camomile Lawn (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?