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The First Churchills 

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The lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah.
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1971  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 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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Trivia

Dame 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
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By Henry Purcell
[Opening credits theme]
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Rich, complex historical drama
14 July 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

This was an incredibly exciting series when it was first broadcast in North America - a first view of the riches of British historical costume drama. The story was a complex one, though much less complex than the actual history upon which it was based. I was swept away with admiration for John Churchill, fighting the French against great odds and with huge handicaps, and never losing a battle. The political scheming behind the scenes in England finally brought him down, and I felt as indignant as I'm sure Winston Churchill would have wanted me to at the shabby treatment given his great ancestor. The beautiful Susan Hampshire is wonderful as the love of his life, Sarah. The real Sarah was a very intelligent, indomitable woman who exercised great power before she and her husband were defeated by their enemies at court, and Hampshire plays her to perfection.


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