Jon now lives in North Carolina, and the beautiful Anne Wilmot is in love with him. He is a gentleman farmer growing peaches and his mother Irene is visiting. Anne's brother Francis ... See full summary »

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Jon now lives in North Carolina, and the beautiful Anne Wilmot is in love with him. He is a gentleman farmer growing peaches and his mother Irene is visiting. Anne's brother Francis expresses concern over Jon not publicly declaring his love for his sister and Irene tells him he was once hurt by a woman and that perhaps explains it. He needn't have worried as they are soon married. Francis Wilmot visits London and gets an invitation to stay with Fleur and Michael. The UK's first Labour government falls and Michael Mont faces re-election as a member of the Conservative party. After some nasty comments about Michael and Fleur appear in a gossip column, Soames has a go at an aristocrat, Marjorie Ferrar, who called Fleur a snob. Fleur decides to go to war but her action may put her in a position to be sued for libel. Written by garykmcd

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Old World Meets New World
20 February 2016 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

Here we are with the return of director David Giles in one of the most memorable episodes of the serial dramatized with accurately respectful approach (respectful towards the literary author and the audience) by Anthony Steven. The quintessential parts of the storyline are delivered by perfectly admirable, lovable, humorous but, at the same time, controversial characters. But, predominantly, the centerpiece of the story revolves around the old world meeting the new world, Britain meeting America... Everything in a flawlessly framed plot.

The episode opens in a remote place, some 3,000 miles away from London, in South Carolina where Jon Forsyte (Martin Jarvis) after a considerably longer absence from the serial, stays with his mother Irene. America suits his character that delights in freedom and openness where, above all, past does not count as much as future. He is free to fill his days with silent wooing with a wonderful girl that he deserves, Anne Wilmot (Karin Fernald), the sister of Francis Wilmot (Hal Hamilton), elegant, sophisticated, acknowledged of pianos. Those are the first two new character among many in the episode worth consideration. Irene is no possessive mother, as she claims to be in the conversation with Francis; yet, the past for her, unlike for Americans, leaves much of its haunt. Soon, the new world meets the old world and the Parliament dissolved within the old walls of the House introduces us to a new reality where some of the characters will be bound to suffer "a worse present for the sake of a better future." However, before Jon, Irene, Francis and Anne move to England and face the most unpredictable turn of events, let me highlight a scene of incredible subtlety.

Jon and Anne share a terrific moment in the woods that, in a way, echoes Jon's scenes with Fleur in nature in episode 13 titled "Encounter." The moment with their absorbing talk, the cigarette and the mysterious noise of a bird that seems to remember the native tribes of the land appears to grasp the chemistry between the two and combines mystery with sentiment. Horses, the moon and a kiss...The atmosphere of the scene derives its charm from some aspects of the early cinema and works perfectly in this context.

London looks quite different, not only when compared to South Carolina, of course, where Jon's farmer's soul finds its peace and quiet, but different than it used to be and the heights of the Forsytes' power. At the dawn of 'foggatism' which captivates Michael's sensitive heart to a considerable extent, new symptoms of the age emerge. After the Americans are introduced to the distanced family, all seems to be centered at the public event, one public event that, perhaps, may be considered as a truly dramatic evening, the most unfortunate party where volcano erupts again and the...'war to the knife' might appear more real than ever. Many are called names and 'no continuity, no sense amongst the modern women' will evoke. Women...what is left after innocent Victorine is a picture of 'delicious naked girl who left for Australia.'

Among the many characters that the episode introduces, here comes the most intriguing, the 'exception of the Forsyte chronicle' (as Donald Wilson the producer referred to her), Marjorie Ferrar (Caroline Blakiston). She is, on the one hand, the representative of the old world, the aristocracy, and, on the other hand, the embodiment of an emancipated woman, an insult to Soames' sense of duty, a delight to Aubrey's sense of abstract; yet, she stands on her own as a very strong character, a very strong woman perfectly memorable from the very start and the way she says: 'Evening Coaker!" Meanwhile, we get the heights of humour with her grandfather, lovable Marguess of Shropshire (George Benson) whose scenes are real pleasure. Marquess is introduced to us in a wonderful scene when 'young Mont' visits him and asks for something controversial... An elderly gentleman so much opened to novelties, not the ones in fashion or language but...electricity.

Soames' instinct for trouble arises and Fleur, an entertaining little lady, as Marjorie calls her, prepares for vengeance for insults. Is she a 'snob' or a 'lion hunter"' The final scene at Settlewhite's (Alan Rowe) is beautifully ornamented with extravagant performance with the foreshadow of action for libel. The character of Marjorie does not only absorb Americans...


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