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The First Churchills 

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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 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 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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English

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10 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Erään suvun tarina See more »

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(12 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The series takes place from 1673 to 1714. See more »

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Warlike Consort: Trumpet Tune from King Arthur
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By Henry Purcell
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Praise to Susan Hampshire
30 April 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Fine BBC production about key players in a lesser known period of history, the fact that they are ancestors of Winston Churchill is interesting but really doesn't factor into the story. The real focus is about royal power struggles and the emergence of the Churchill line. A bit stagy and it shows its age in film quality but the performances make all that secondary. John Neville is good but this really belongs to Susan Hampshire as Sarah Churchill who is by turns kittenish, vixenish and noble. A top star in England since the 60's her talent is great and her presence enchanting it's a pity she's not better known. She is in the same league as Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.


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