Four American girls go to England to find husbands.
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Series cast summary:
 Sir Helmsley Thwaite 5 episodes, 1995
 Lady Honoria Marabel 5 episodes, 1995
 Lady Felicia Marabel 5 episodes, 1995
 Lady Brightlingsea 5 episodes, 1995
 Lady Georgina 5 episodes, 1995
 Dowager Duchess / ... 4 episodes, 1995
Richard Huw ...
 Hector Robinson 4 episodes, 1995
Alister Cameron ...
 Longlands Butler 3 episodes, 1995
Vicky Blake ...
Diana Blackburn ...
 Lady Gertrude 3 episodes, 1995
 Lord Percy 3 episodes, 1995
 Colonel St. George 3 episodes, 1995
 Mrs. Closson 3 episodes, 1995
 Mrs. St. George 2 episodes, 1995
Gresby Nash ...
 Miles Dawnley 2 episodes, 1995
Margery Withers ...
Richard Cubison ...
 Jeweller 2 episodes, 1995


Because of their "new money" background, four American girls have difficulty breaking into the upper-crust society of New York. Laura Testvalley, the governess of one of the girls, suggests a London season and thus the young women set sail for England and the unsuspecting English aristocracy. In England, all the girls soon find eligible husbands and the youngest girl, Nan, seems to land the best husband of them all: the handsome and very wealthy Julius, Duke of Trevennick. Nan and Julius meet for the first time in a ruin, which is an indication of where their marriage is soon heading. After the nuptials, Julius seems more interested in clocks and stable boys than Nan's happiness, and all the girls soon discover that English upper-class men are not at all what they expected and hoped for. Written by Anonymous

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8 October 1995 (USA)  »

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(2 parts) | (5 episodes)


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Wharton vs. Austen, Among other Things
27 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

(Disclaimer: Please forgive all abusive language that puts to shame the English language and culture.)

Reasons for Watching...or not:

1) Wharton {an American} wrote in the Victorian era (ended roughly in 1901). A totally different era, mind you, than the Georgian era (the era that Jane Austen }a Briton} wrote in). However, between the Georgian era and Victorian era one thing remained constant: women's rights (namely, they didn't have any). No property, no money, no suffrage...tough love, kid. It was the era of "repressment". If you enjoy seeing four American kids fighting their way out of the noose of Victorian restraint (for example, to say "leg" in society was shameful, shame shame-- "limb" is preferred), you'll love the movie.

2) You could choke on the melodrama in this movie, it's so thick. However painful, if you have ever read or watched Tess of the D'Ubervilles, then you are fully prepared for the Buccaneers. Tess of the D'Ubervilles makes "melodrama" look like a fruitcake. If you liked Tess of the D'Ubervilles, you might be disappointed in the movie, it hasn't got quite as much angst and drama as Tess. Then again, this could be a nice break from Tess. Point? Love melodrama = love this movie.

3) The costumes are always just fun to watch.

4) James Frain is amazing as Julius (Duke of Trevenick). Both Julius and Nan are two young and very innocent characters who are trying to fit into the mold that society gives them. I absolutely love Julius, he is just a sweet character. Although somewhat of a antagonist, I thought he was portrayed more as a victim. Julius' foibles are 1) his minor obsession with clocks and 2) his failure to communicate (although Nan suffers the same foibles...minus the clocks). Despite both Nan's and Julius' foibles, I had hoped that they would mend all wrongs and tug in a spur-of-the-moment Austen ending. I'd watch the movie for the part of Julius alone. Guy Twaite is a prick. xD

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