The Forsyte Saga: Season 1, Episode 10

The Challenge (7 Dec. 1969)

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Jolyon and Holly visit Jolly at Oxford and he's invited Val to dinner, even though he doesn't think very highly of his cousin. Holly however is still quite attracted to Val. Soames ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
June Barry ...
Jonathan Burn ...
Raymond Clarke ...
Dr. Fryer
Mischa De La Motte ...
John DeVaut ...
Walter Horsbrugh ...
Alan Judd ...
Pauline Loring ...
Mrs Blanch
Suzanne Neve ...
Dalia Penn ...
Ellen Pollock ...
Eric Porter ...
Nyree Dawn Porter ...
Kynaston Reeves ...


Jolyon and Holly visit Jolly at Oxford and he's invited Val to dinner, even though he doesn't think very highly of his cousin. Holly however is still quite attracted to Val. Soames meanwhile is determined to have a son. He asks Irene to reconcile with him but she turns him down flat. She turns to Jolyon and also June, who has forgiven her finally after all these years, for help. Soames for his part hires a private detective to follow Irene's every move. When she travel to Paris, Jolyon visits her there and they spend a good deal of time together. He must return to Paris in haste when he receives a telegram from Jollly. With her husband still absent, Winifred pursues her divorce against her husband Montague and gives testimony in court. Written by garykmcd

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Let Bygones Be Bygones...
31 October 2015 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

"What's the mystery about me?" this question asked by Soames at his yet another attempt to get Irene back seems to set the tone for most dilemmas that the characters seem to be challenging. However, the major point about Episode 10 is, perhaps, the challenge of reconciliation that not everyone can accept suffering within the 'masochism' (a new word....) of their own psychological walls.

Irene and June become friends, much to Soames' dismay, of course. There is a beautiful dignified scene of reconciliation that the three deliver, Jo, Irene and June. June wants to buy a gallery, which is far against the Forsyte remaining maxim to keep the property inside the family but Jo appears to be a tolerant parent. The focus is also on his other two children, much younger than June but, perhaps, equally filled with enthusiasm.

Holly and Jolly (Michael York in one of his very first screen performances after Zeffirelli's ROMEO AND JULIET). They handle some interesting, emotional scenes as siblings, different of character but loving each other. This family bond will be broken by Holly's growing feelings towards Val (Jonathan Burn), Monty and Winifred's son. That is much to the dismay of Jolly... But no one will take Jolly's opinion seriously as he soon joins the imperial army in the war in South Africa. But Holly's future parents-in-law, Monty and Winifred...

A 'fossil' that Soames is described by Holly, an altogether gypsy character, is indeed asked by no one except for Winifred. As a lawyer, he does anything to make his sister look genuinely anxious to get Monty back during the case of divorce in Dartie vs. Dartie case. She has a natural gift for giving evidence but her parents along with her brother have a natural gift for giving all sorts of advice, sometimes authoritative pieces of advice. But Soames, though paying more frequent visits to Madame Lamotte and her daughter Annette, has Irene on his mind. For him, 'let bygones be bygones' is only a meaningless proverb...

The question "What's the mystery about me?" that he asks at Irene's could be, by many viewers, changed into "What's the mystery about Irene?" There are, indeed, moments of our huge empathy with Soames thanks to skillful dramatization by Lawrie Craig. In another scene, the character of Irene is, indirectly, described by Jo. He refers to his former wife Frances for whom the act of love, sexual love was an act of obscenity. Irene listens to him with understanding. That is what Irene appeared to be with Soames. Therefore, he decides that she be watched carefully to know all her what-abouts and whereabouts. By one Mrs Blanch...

The episode ends in a great scene at Parisian restaurant...

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