Michael Mont gets a visit from an outraged Bicket who now knows that his wife has been posing in the nude as an artist's model. He's convinced that she had to have been doing more than just... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Brenda Cowling ...
Mrs Perren
Ian Fleming ...
Lord Fontenoy
Jimmy Gardner ...
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Maisie MacFarquhar ...
Miss Sawdrey
Clifford Parrish ...
Nicholas Pennell ...
Maurice Quick ...
Philip Ray ...
Terry Scully ...
Geraldine Sherman ...
Victorine Bicket


Michael Mont gets a visit from an outraged Bicket who now knows that his wife has been posing in the nude as an artist's model. He's convinced that she had to have been doing more than just posing to earn enough for their move to Australia. Soames is vindicated somewhat when he receives a letter from the manager of the insurance society, Elderson, advising him that he has fled the country. Soames insists that they hold a shareholder meeting and reveal all, even though it may have serious repercussions. Not surprisingly, the shareholders are out for blood and both Soames and Sir Lawrence face the brunt of it. Soames decides to transfer some of his fortune to Fleur and her as yet unborn child. Winnifred goes to live with Michael and Fleur as her time approaches and she gives birth to a boy, Christopher whom they will call Kit for short. Written by garykmcd

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8 February 1970 (USA)  »

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No Defeat
14 February 2016 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

Dramatised by Anthony Steven, the content of the episode appears to revolve around one of Galsworthy's crucial ideas: honest determination among the Forsytes. They, as the narrator points out at the opening scene, never give up, they accept no defeat. They just wait...

In one memorable scene Fleur utters a key statement which, one one hand, seems to resemble the spirit of the very times we get to at this point of the storyline and the popular novelty - auto-suggestion, but which, on the other hand, expresses what 'no retreat' might be all about. "Every day in every way I am getting better" she repeats to herself as many times as she may. It is no mere 'repetitious rubbish' as Soames comments on that but something more which will be revealed in episodes to come, practically to the very final scene of the story which draws parallel with this thought.

The symptoms of the age (do not forget that we are in the stormy 1920s which, for the elder generation, occurred truly hard to grasp due to its ignorance of traditional views, suspicion seems to dominate. Yet, does it take over? Fleur's pregnancy is inter-wined with fears and hopes, reasonable precautions and over-care. Even the picture of the white monkey is taken away having been considered as 'too pessimistic.' Meanwhile, Tony understands that he really has no reason to doubt his wife's love and they finally make it for Australia. In this way, the contrast between two couples Fleur/Michael and Vicky/Tony is marked powerfully: togetherness vs. apart. However, in many scenes, the episodes goes a bit pale. The pace is simply too slow.

We get a lot of scenes around Soames in the PPRS dealing with accusations against Elderson (Derek Francis) and ending with his bitter resignation from the board and they appear as a little bit boring. Although this resignation goes with signing the deed of settlement where, in a flawless scene with Gradman (Clifford Parrish) who, as always, has his lines, Soames leaves so much for Fleur. In fact, that is the first scene when we truly realize that he loves her. We see it in the right 'legal' order, first, he loves her as a lawyer and then as a father. That is, of course, supplied with the aura of hope and happiness of the new generation to come.

In spite of certain flaws of the episode and the PPRS fuss and mess, it does not lack humour. Perhaps, in the most light scene where Winifred (Margareth Tyzack) and Imogen have a lovely chit chat about the family and mark yet another novelty of the times, a 'shaker' - what a name which aunt Anne would probably have found weird.

The final sequence concludes the episode with a very promising touch, a new life, yet another generation of the Forsytes: a little Christopher whom we won't unfortunately see much of in future. And, indeed, something even more worth noting: the sensational news about Jon in faraway North Carolina and his dearest girl...not Fleur, of course, but Ann Wilmot who will make for the best episodes of THE FORSYTE SAGA yet to come...

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