The Forsyte Saga (2002)

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Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.

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 Soames Forsyte (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Irene Forsyte (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Winifred / ... (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 George (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 June (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Young Jolyon Forsyte / ... (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Montague Dartie (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Ann Bell ...
 Aunt Hester / ... (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Malcolm Raeburn ...
 Parfitt (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Emily (6 episodes, 2002)
John Carlisle ...
 James Forsyte (6 episodes, 2002)
Maggie Fox ...
 Bilson (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Val Dartie (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Holly (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Annette Forsyte née Lamotte / ... (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Wendy Craig ...
 Aunt Juley (5 episodes, 2002)
Jowanna Rose ...
 Smither (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon Forsyte. Soames is a solicitor, all proper and straight-laced. His love for the beautiful Irene is his only weakness as is his beautiful daughter Fleur. Jolyon is the opposite, a free-thinking artist who abandons his wife to live with his children's nanny. Their lives and their children's lives will intersect over 30 years bringing happiness to some and tragedy to others. Written by garykmcd

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Rupert Graves (as Young Jolyon) and Gillian Kearney (as June) play father and daughter, but there is actually just under nine years difference in their ages. See more »

Quotes

Emily: The last time I saw that expression on your face, you were Val's age.
Soames Forsyte: Mother!
Emily: You pestered us for months for that kitten. What was it? Six weeks old? You dressed it like a doll, fed it until it was sick, and smothered it.
Soames Forsyte: I loved it!
Emily: That's what I thought. I should have whipped you. I should have taught you not to love like that. With all your heart.
Soames Forsyte: Mama...
Emily: Yes, it was my fault. You feel things too much. You always have.
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Featured in The Best of Masterpiece Theatre (2007) See more »

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Irene's Song
(End titles music)
Music by Geoffrey Burgon
Lyrics by Jacqueline Kroft
Performed by Bryn Terfel
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Fabulous version of Galsworthy's novel
8 May 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of The Forsyte Saga before seeing the mini-series but I enjoyed it so much that I bought the novel, and isn't that really what these adaptations of novels are all about- trying to interest people enough to read the book the movie was based on? I'm glad this version wasn't completely true to the novel considering that so many of the characters in the novel are either underdeveloped or so enigmatic that it's hard to have any kind of feelings about them.It was a stroke of genius to develop Dartie and George into the two jokers of the family, who provide light entertainment when the plot gets a little dark. In defense of Gina McKee, I think the choice to cast her as Irene was a wise one. I can't think of any other actress today who has such an elegant, classy beauty without being "showy" about it and I thought her characterization of Irene was true to how she is portrayed in the book, considering that Galsworthy deliberately made Irene a very shadowy, unreachable figure. Ioan Gruffudd, who, with his dark good looks just seems to be made for these lavish period pieces, was his usual dashing and charming self playing "The Buccaneer" and the rest of the cast put in a fine performance. While I admit these costume drama mini-series aren't to everyone's taste, you can not doubt the painstaking hard work put in by all involved that makes them a cut above the rest.


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