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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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Robert Robinson ...
 Louis XIV 11 episodes, 1969
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Roger Mutton ...
 George of Denmark 8 episodes, 1969
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 Laurence Hyde / ... 8 episodes, 1969
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John Westbrook ...
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 James, Duke of Monmouth / ... 6 episodes, 1969
Lisa Daniely ...
 Princess Mary / ... 6 episodes, 1969
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 Charles Churchill 6 episodes, 1969
Job Stewart ...
 Lord Shrewsbury 6 episodes, 1969
James Villiers ...
 Charles II 5 episodes, 1969
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 Abigail Hill / ... 5 episodes, 1969
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 Henrietta Godolphin / ... 5 episodes, 1969
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Arthur Pentelow ...
 Earl of Danby / ... 5 episodes, 1969
John Humphry ...
 Sunderland 5 episodes, 1969
John Tordoff ...
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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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The very first presentation by PBS Masterpiece Theatre. 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 See 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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