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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Eric Porter ...  Soames Forsyte 26 episodes, 1967
Margaret Tyzack ...  Winifred Dartie 23 episodes, 1967
Nyree Dawn Porter ...  Irene Forsyte née Heron 19 episodes, 1967
Kenneth More ...  'Young Jolyon' Forsyte 16 episodes, 1967
June Barry June Barry ...  June Forsyte 16 episodes, 1967
Susan Hampshire ...  Fleur Mont née Forsyte 14 episodes, 1967
Nicholas Pennell Nicholas Pennell ...  Michael Mont 14 episodes, 1967
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ...  Smither 14 episodes, 1967
John Welsh ...  James Forsyte 13 episodes, 1967
John Barcroft John Barcroft ...  George Forsyte 12 episodes, 1967
Fanny Rowe Fanny Rowe ...  Emily Forsyte 11 episodes, 1967
Nora Nicholson ...  Aunt Juley Forsyte 11 episodes, 1967
Suzanne Neve ...  Holly Dartie née Forsyte 11 episodes, 1967
Julia White Julia White ...  Coaker 11 episodes, 1967
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon Forsyte. Soames is a solicitor, all proper and straight-laced. His love for the beautiful Irene is his only weakness as is his beautiful daughter Fleur. Young Jolyon is the opposite, a free-thinking artist who abandons his wife to live with his children's nanny. Their lives and their children's lives will intersect over 30 years bringing happiness to some and tragedy to others. Written by garykmcd

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English

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5 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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A Forsyte Saga See more »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Each episode was rehearsed for two weeks. See more »

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Jolyon 'Jo' Forsyte: I'm not a true Forsyte. I'm a bit of a mongrel. I put the ha'pennies on my cheques, not take them off.
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Referenced in Girls! Girls! Girls! The 1960s (2009) See more »

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Halcyon Days
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(from the suite 'The Three Elizabeths')
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A masterpiece
15 January 2003 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

I was absolutely delighted to have an opportunity recently to see the original `Forsyte Saga' on the ‘Ovation' channel on cable TV in Australia.

Forget the recent remake and after about ten minutes you'll certainly forget that this is thirty-odd years old and made in black and white. Maybe its high-class soap opera but even so its all class.

Truly a saga spanning four or five generations, the story is dominated by Eric Porter's Soames, the cold venal rapist who eventually commands our grudging respect and the truly beautiful Irene played by Nyree Dawn Porter, Soames' victim who later finds love. And then there's Susan Hampshire's pretty but totally selfish Fleur, drawing you eye whenever she's on-screen. Incidentally, Nicholas Pennell plays Fleur's husband as if he was Wilfred Hyde-White in My Fair Lady! There are many other major characters, all well portrayed and you'll really care what happens to them.

Even the make-up of the two Porters is worth a word of praise as they age convincingly.

A minor criticism I could make is the rather eccentric recording of the sound. The dialogue level soars and drops as if the microphones were concealed in flowerpots like the early talkies. Doors slam loudly and there are unidentified knocks and bangs in the background.

See this masterpiece of television if you can, I don't think it has been bettered.


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