Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.
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Series cast summary:
 Soames Forsyte (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Young Jolyon Forsyte / ... (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Irene Forsyte / ... (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Winifred / ... (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Montague Dartie (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
Gillian Kearney ...
 June / ... (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
 George / ... (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
Ann Bell ...
 Aunt Hester / ... (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Malcolm Raeburn ...
 Parfitt (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Emily (6 episodes, 2002)
 Annette Forsyte née Lamotte / ... (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Val Dartie (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
John Carlisle ...
 James Forsyte (6 episodes, 2002)
 Holly Dartie née Forsyte / ... (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Aunt Juley (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Maggie Fox ...
 Bilson (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Old Jolyon Forsyte / ... (5 episodes, 2002)
Jowanna Rose ...
 Smither (5 episodes, 2002-2003)


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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6 October 2002 (USA)  »

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The Forsyte Saga: To Let  »

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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 »


Jolyon: I have been asked to let you go.
Helene Hilmer: I'm not surprised. I was not born for this kind of life. I know I can be resentful sometimes, but I never expected to find myself in this situation.
Jolyon: The quality of your work is not in question.
Helene Hilmer: Oh, I see. I hope Mrs. Forsyte will provide me with a character.
Jolyon: You don't understand. There has been an implication that my conduct towards you has been improper. I have denied any impropriety, which, as you know, has been the case.
[long pause]
Jolyon: In my mind I am guilty of ...
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June's Song
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A gripping follow-up to the first series
19 September 2003 | by (Queensland, Australia) – See all my reviews

The first series was so well wrought that I rushed out to buy the books, a set of three trilogies! As did the first, this second series brings the characters and story lines to life as though Galsworthy himself crafted the script. Once again, we trace the intertwined lives of Soames, Irene, Jolyon and their families as they mature and branch out. Damien Lewis builds upon his masterful portrayal of Soames, an emotionally repressed man bound by Victorian conventions, whilst others around him, including the irrepressible Freddie, enjoy the heady excitement of the decidedly unstuffy post-war era. I found most characters "aged" convincingly, although time, if not her fashionable appearance, seems to have stood still for June who now looks about the same age as her much younger sister, Holly. Overall, the continuity between the first and second series has been handled well. Much of the action in the books has been condensed whilst still remaining true to the plot (the same things happen, just not as drawn out). I am really enjoying the new characters who have been introduced: Jon, Fleur, Prosper Profond and Michael Mont. The actors are well cast and have done a marvellous job; the audience really cares what happens to them, regardless of whether we like them or not. None is all bad or all good, and we recognise our own human virtues and frailties in reflection.

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