Lizzie Eustace faces charges of perjury when her maid turns state's evidence, and Finn returns from Ireland after his wife's death hoping to return to Parliament.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Badel ...
Rev. Emilius
Duke of Omnium
Marie Goesler
Phineas Finn
Maire Ni Ghrainne ...
Mary Finn
Lord Fawn
Mrs. Hittaway
Duke of St. Bungay
Mr. Bonteen
Moray Watson ...
Barrington Erle
Terence Alexander ...


Lizzie Eustace's maid Crabstick turns state's evidence and tells police that her boyfriend buried the stolen diamond necklace somewhere in Italy but caught malaria and died before selling them or informing her of their location. Now Lizzie faces charges of perjury, the loss of her 50,000 pound necklace, and public humiliation. Now a pariah, she is turned out of the house of her "friend" Mrs. Crabtree, who presents her with a bill for her stay there, but her search for a male protector is rewarded in an unlikely quarter. Phineas Finn's wife dies in childbirth, and with a 5,000 pound legacy from his recently deceased father, returns to Britain in hopes of being reelected to Parliament. However, his embrace of unpopular causes puts him at odds with some of his fellow Liberal party members. He further endangers his position by agreeing to see Joseph Kennedy, who has suffered a mental breakdown and is living in exile on his Scottish estate. As a sidebar, Fawn renews his ham-handed pursuit ... Written by

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Drama | Romance




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20 April 1974 (UK)  »

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Lizzie Eustace: I've got a great deal to offer you... money and other things... I have a great deal to offer all around.
Frank Greystock: [Smiling] Mmmm... and that is just how you offer it - all around.
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