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The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.
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John Neville ...  John Churchill / ... 12 episodes, 1969
Susan Hampshire ...  Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough / ... 12 episodes, 1969
John Standing ...  Sidney Godolphin 12 episodes, 1969
Robert Robinson Robert Robinson ...  Louis XIV 11 episodes, 1969
Margaret Tyzack ...  Princess Anne / ... 9 episodes, 1969
Roger Mutton Roger Mutton ...  George of Denmark 8 episodes, 1969
John Ringham ...  Laurence Hyde / ... 8 episodes, 1969
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ...  William, Prince of Orange / ... 7 episodes, 1969
John Westbrook ...  James, Duke of York / ... 6 episodes, 1969
James Kerry ...  James, Duke of Monmouth / ... 6 episodes, 1969
Lisa Daniely ...  Princess Mary / ... 6 episodes, 1969
Michael Culver ...  Charles Churchill 6 episodes, 1969
Job Stewart Job Stewart ...  Lord Shrewsbury 6 episodes, 1969
James Villiers ...  Charles II 5 episodes, 1969
Jill Balcon ...  Abigail Hill / ... 5 episodes, 1969
Polly Adams ...  Henrietta Godolphin / ... 5 episodes, 1969
Sheila Gish ...  Mary, Duchess of York / ... 5 episodes, 1969
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ...  Earl of Danby / ... 5 episodes, 1969
John Humphry John Humphry ...  Sunderland 5 episodes, 1969
John Tordoff John Tordoff ...  Becket 5 episodes, 1969
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The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Churchills See more »

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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Judi Dench was slated to star as Sarah, but was unable to. The role went to Susan Hampshire, who went on to win an Emmy for her portrayal of Sarah Churchill. See more »

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Warlike Consort: Trumpet Tune from King Arthur
(uncredited)
By Henry Purcell
[Opening credits theme]
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Well acted history lesson
12 May 2000 | by coop-16See all my reviews

I saw most of this fine historical mini-series when I was 12 years old( though I missed The Battle of Blenhiem episode)-and I found it very easy to follow.( But then again, I have been a voracious reader of history since I was about six.) The film is faithful to Winston Churchill's somewhat hagiographic treatment of his pretty roguish ancestors, and to the Whig interpretation of history , with brave England saving us all from having to speak French. Still, despite thhese faults, it is a very good costumer. John Neville, John Standing, James Villiers, and the incomparable Susan Hampshire put in excellent performances. I was moved by the death of Godolphins wife, and amused by the great scene when an anti- Catholic mob surrounds Nell Gwynn's carriage, shouting " Its the Catholic whore!". She answers " Be silent, good people, I am THE PROTESTANT WHORE", and they burst into cheers.


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