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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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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June's Song
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A brilliant follow-up to the 1st series
1 September 2003 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

This second installment lives up to the expectations created by the first series and by the novel itself - To Let. We meet again, with much pleasure, the magnificent cast of the first series (D. Lewis as Soames stands out) and discover the choices that have been made to cast the 4 new main characters : Fleur and Jon Forsyte, Prosper Profound, and Michael Mont. I found the 4 of them to be nearly-ideally suited to their part. May be the actor playing Jon lacked a little bit of brilliance, but he showed a lot of sensibility and looked a lot like his "mother", Irene. The story unfolds with relentlessness but there are also many moving, or funny moments. The films is really faithful to the tone of Galdsworthy and is, all in all, a magnificent achievement. it is as good as the first series, and may be even better. At the end of the 4th episode, we are really sorry to have to wait for the next episodes of the saga, and the lives of Fleur and Michael Mont. Highly recommended to fans of British top quality literary drama.

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