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)
Gillian Kearney ...
 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)
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 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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Followed by The Forsyte Saga, Series II (2003) See more »

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Irene's Song
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Music by Geoffrey Burgon
Lyrics by Jacqueline Kroft
Performed by Bryn Terfel
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Damian Lewis shines as Soames
20 October 2003 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

I have not seen the original film or read the book, so I have a fresh perspective on this version of The Forsyte Saga. It is a brilliantly acted, emotionally stirring film. Damian Lewis is outstanding. He brings such intense emotions to the character of Soames. I don't know if it's the character but I like to think it's his acting that makes you almost feel sorry for this man. How can you feel sorry for someone who, on the surface can be so cruel? Well, that is the genius of Damian Lewis! He brings such passion to the complex character of Soames that you can't stop watching it! He expresses so realistically the repressed emotions of the character. I feel that is what makes this film so moving, it's so human. The film displays w/such heartache(thanks to the acting) the struggles and human complexities of individuals forced to stay within the expectations of their repressed society. The actors effectively display how the characters desperately need & want love and acceptance, but don't have a clue how to obtain it, although some do find love eventually. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who likes period type/costume dramas which showcases brilliant acting. And if you don't know Damian Lewis, this is an excellent introduction to his work!


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