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 »

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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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Version of That Forsyte Woman (1949) 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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good but the original series was superlative
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Yes, I enjoyed this version and have recently watched it again, but it is useless to compare it to the original TV series which was far closer to the book. We have both versions and think they both have merit but the first was the best, there is no doubt in my mind, and to anyone who hasn't seen it, I strongly suggest they do if humanly possible. I certainly didn't like the cop-out ending of the second series. The death of Soames is important!I did find it odd that Gina McKee, a brunette, was cast as Irene. Irene is not an easy character to portray admittedly, there is very little to get your teeth into but Gina can be expressionless at times. I did prefer some of the casting of the second series, notably Bossiney and Monty and young Joylon. I think Damien Lewis was fine in the role, but adored Eric Porter (I met him a couple of times in the flesh and though he had splendid stage and film work under his belt it was always difficult not to see him as Soames, even when wearing his habitual blue donkey jacket. It was his part. ) I re-read the book at 2 yearly intervals on average and never tire of it.


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