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.
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 Narrator / ... (6 episodes, 1999)
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 Henry Fox (5 episodes, 1999)
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 Lord Kildare (5 episodes, 1999)
Serena Gordon ...
 Lady Caroline / ... (5 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Louisa / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Ste Fox (4 episodes, 1999)
Tom Mullion ...
 Thomas Conolly (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Sarah (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Emily (4 episodes, 1999)
Hugh Sachs ...
 Charles James Fox (4 episodes, 1999)
Tom Beard ...
 Charles 3rd Duke of Richmond (3 episodes, 1999)
Andrew Fitzsimons ...
 Young Edward Fitzgerald / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
Brendan Morrissey ...
 Fox's Butler (3 episodes, 1999)
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 King George II (3 episodes, 1999)
Katherine Wogan ...
 Mary 3rd Duchess of Richmond (3 episodes, 1999)
George Anton ...
 William Ogilvie (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Older George Napier (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Duke of Richmond (2 episodes, 1999)
Diane Fletcher ...
 Duchess of Richmond (2 episodes, 1999)
Patrick Duncan ...
 First Guest / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Older Ogilvie (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Charles Bunbury (2 episodes, 1999)
Lara Madden ...
 Young Lady Sarah (2 episodes, 1999)
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 George Selwyn (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Lord Edward Fitzgerald (2 episodes, 1999)
Saoirse O'Brien ...
 Young Lady Louisa (2 episodes, 1999)
Katharine Rogers ...
 Princess Caroline (2 episodes, 1999)
Pauline McLynn ...
 Susan Fox-Strangways (2 episodes, 1999)
Jérôme Pradon ...
 Duc de Lauzun (2 episodes, 1999)
William Sparks ...
 Young Charles (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Older Lady Louisa (2 episodes, 1999)
Eamon Rohan ...
 Horace Walpole (2 episodes, 1999)
Paul Ridley ...
 Older Tom Conolly (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Cecelia (2 episodes, 1999)
Sheila Ruskin ...
 Older Lady Sarah (2 episodes, 1999)
Adam Webb ...
 William Fitzgerald (2 episodes, 1999)
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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.

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The beaded necklace Geraldine Somerville (Lady Emily) wears during the scene in which her character reads a letter from her son, who is at Eton, is the same necklace Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) wears when she sings with Frank Churchill at Randalls in _Emma (1996)(TV)_. See more »

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Geraldine Somerville, who was the principal actress playing the second Lennox sister Emily, appears in the background as a mourner in the scene where Lady Caroline and Mr. Fox are talking at a funeral in the first episode of the series. At this point in the story, the character of Emily is a child so Geraldine was available as an extra and the casting directors didn't think anyone would notice. See more »

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Lady Emily: Is not the act of love... strange? Jimmy says that its frequent use is necessary to a woman's health and happiness.
Caroline: That's abominably indelicate.
Lady Emily: He says what he thinks.
Caroline: I'm sure one sees many mighty comfortable old virgins.
Lady Emily: Perhaps that is so. But one is awfully glad not to be among them...
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Featured in The Making of 'Aristocrats' (1999) See more »

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But what about the fifth sister?
25 October 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This was fabulous. It gets 9 out of 10. What keeps it out of the 10 category is the fact that two big questions are raised in part 2 that part 3 (the conclusion) fails to answer.

First of all, what happens to the fifth sister, Cecilia? She first appears in part one as the late-in-life child of the second Duke of Richmond and his duchess. Still a baby when they die, she is sent to Ireland with Louisa and Sarah to be reared by Emily and her husband.

In part 2, the reappears as a teenager. When the family learns that Sarah, now married and back in England, is pregnant, she wants to go and help with the new baby. Emily is afraid that she is too weak to travel, having just recovered from an unspecified illness, but she lets her go anyway.

The next time we see her she looks very ill indeed, but nobody pays any attention. Emily has come to England to argue with Caroline about who should be blamed for Sarah's bad situation, with Louisa along to mediate. As they quarrel, Cecilia leaves the room, and we see what they miss: she's coughing up blood. When come into the hall, still shouting, they fail to notice that she has collapsed in a corridor.

So what happened??? That's the last we see or hear of Cecilia? Did she die? If so, didn't the sisters get back together at least for the funeral?

Maybe I need to read the book.

The other question is: since Sarah, at least as played by Jodhi May, seems to have lacked something in the personality department, how did she manage to inflame the passions of so many men?


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