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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 Henry Fox (5 episodes, 1999)
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 Lord Kildare (5 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Louisa / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Ste Fox (4 episodes, 1999)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Duchess of Richmond (2 episodes, 1999)
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 First Guest / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Older Ogilvie (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Charles Bunbury (2 episodes, 1999)
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 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)
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 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). 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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Thoughts from a Jane Austen fan...
16 March 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The first episode of this is somewhat similar to a Jane Austen style story, though it is set in the mid-late 1700s rather than early 1800s. After the first episode or two, it becomes generally more serious and more broad. The costumes are very different from Austen films (being set in the preceding era), but they are very beautiful and very accurate to the time period. The dresses are much more glamorous, even though the men look rather sillier in my opinion.

I'm not sure how close this telling matches to the actual history of this family--I'm assuming there are at least some discrepancies--but even thinking it is at least based on real people and real stories makes it much more interesting to watch. To think that this wasn't simply invented by an author (no offense to Austen!) makes me much more tolerant of any lags or disagreeableness in "plot", since it's not supposed to be a contrived one. There are many, many characters, which may be hard for some people to keep track of who's who, and many decades are covered, so time sometimes passes in large chunks.

The film is a drama and deals with some very serious issues, to a greater extent than Austen ever delved into. Much of it is somber, but not really depressing. The movie is less of a source of "entertainment" than Austen films, but it is a great look at another era and the story is intriguing enough to keep you wondering what will happen next. It does not leave you so much with the blissful smile of contentment and happily ever after that an Austen story provides, but I felt like I had gotten to know and feel for the main characters, and learned some things about history in the process. It's a great choice if you're interested in venturing into another time period, rather than the Regency (Austen) or the far more common Victorian (Dickens, etc) eras.

This movie would be especially good for passing a lazy, rainy afternoon, when you'll feel more content with this milder sort of entertainment than what your expectations might be for a Friday night. Just get a cup of tea or cocoa and let yourself drift back to another time and world for a while.


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