A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for.

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Series cast summary:
 Nick Guest (3 episodes, 2006)
 Gerald Fedden (3 episodes, 2006)
 Cat Fedden / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
 Rachel Fedden (3 episodes, 2006)
 Elena (3 episodes, 2006)
 Wani Ouradi (3 episodes, 2006)
James Bradshaw ...
 Polly Tompkins (3 episodes, 2006)
Oliver Coleman ...
 Toby Fedden (3 episodes, 2006)
 Penny Kent (3 episodes, 2006)
 Leo Charles (3 episodes, 2006)
 Barry Groom (3 episodes, 2006)
Oscar James ...
 Brentford (2 episodes, 2006)
John Warnaby ...
 Badger (2 episodes, 2006)
 Lord Kessler (2 episodes, 2006)
 Martine (2 episodes, 2006)
 Rosemary Charles (2 episodes, 2006)
 Russel / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
 Lady Partridge (2 episodes, 2006)
Julia St John ...
 Greta Timms (2 episodes, 2006)
David Yelland ...
 John Timms (2 episodes, 2006)
 Geoffrey Titchfield (2 episodes, 2006)
 Tristao (2 episodes, 2006)
 Norman Kent (2 episodes, 2006)


Nick Guest comes to London to live with his college friend's family, the Feddens. A short stay becomes permanent, and Nick positions himself in the family's plentiful lives of parties and politics during the Thatcher years. Over the course of three episodes spanning four years in the mid-eighties, we follow Nick's two homosexual love affairs in a time of promiscuity and carelessness, until the AIDS crisis and a bout of scandal threaten life as he has come to know it. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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In the pub scene for Nick and Leo's first meeting, "time" is called at the end of the evening by the real landlord of that pub, the Windsor Castle pub. See more »


[first lines]
Nick Guest: Wow. Is this really where you live?
Toby Fedden: Yep, well, you know, where my parents live. What's the matter, something wrong with it?
Nick Guest: No, it's... it's lovely.
Toby Fedden: Come on, then.
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Innocence Beguiled
9 November 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A naive young man falls in with a wealthy Tory politician and his family in 1980s Britain.

Wonderful adaptation of Hollinghurst's novel, expertly cast. The greed, selfishness, hedonism, ignorance and bigotry that for many sums up the Thatcher era are all on display as Stevens' innocent abroad Nick is drawn in and swept away by the Feddens family. Even as we see Nick become an almost indispensable member of the family, so we know his sweetness and ingenuousness must surely be his undoing...

Stevens is brilliant, effortlessly capturing the essence of the well-meaning and ingratiating Nick, and he is formidably supported by all concerned, from the key players (McInnerny, Atwell, Krige) to the host of fantastic cameos on display. A must-see for anyone who came-of-age in Thatcher's Britain.

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