Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic: Season 1, Episode 1

Dizzy (1 Jun. 1980)
"Disraeli" Dizzy (original title)

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During the Regency Period young, ambitious novelist Benjamin Disreali has more success in the boudoir than in his attempts to be elected to Parliament.

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Mary Peach ...
Mary Anne' Lewis
Leigh Lawson ...
Margaret Whiting ...
Brett Usher ...
Mark Dignam ...
William Russell ...
Madelena Nedeva ...
Lady Henrietta Sykes (as Madlena Nedeva)
Rachel Bell ...
Clara Bolton
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Maria Charles ...
Maria D'Israeli
Jenny Lipman ...
Sarah D'Israeli
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Tim Brierley ...
Daniel Maclise
Ian Thompson ...
Sir Francis Sykes
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Having returned to England after a lengthy period abroad, Benjamin Disraeli goes about re-integrating himself with the upper crust of British society. He has had some success as an author but not surprisingly is penniless and clearly lives beyond his means. Known as Dizzy to his friends, he continues his affairs with married women and with the help of his father, manages to stay afloat financially. He soon sets his sight on being elected to Parliament and while his sympathies lie with the Radicals, he chooses to run as an independent, but without success. He enters into a quasi-permanent relationship with the married Henrietta but it comes to an end when he catches her with another man. He is finally elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament or, as he puts it, a progressive Conservative. Written by garykmcd

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Novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author of "The Last Days of Pompeii" has his name written in the credits as Edward Lytton Bulwer. See more »

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Sarah Disraeli: If you treat me like one of your London ladies, I'll pull your ears and break your hobby horse.
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