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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of ... See full summary »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Susan Hampshire ...  Glencora / ... 26 episodes, 1974
Philip Latham ...  Plantagenet / ... 26 episodes, 1974
Barbara Murray ...  Marie Finn / ... 21 episodes, 1974
Moray Watson Moray Watson ...  Barrington Erle 20 episodes, 1974
Donald Pickering ...  Dolly Longstaffe 20 episodes, 1974
Maurice Quick Maurice Quick ...  Collingwood 19 episodes, 1974
Roger Livesey ...  Duke of St. Bungay 18 episodes, 1974
Donal McCann ...  Phineas Finn 17 episodes, 1974
Bryan Pringle ...  Mr. Monk 13 episodes, 1974
Roland Culver ...  Duke of Omnium 11 episodes, 1974
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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of study. The backdrop is the House of Commons in Great Britain as we watch the comings and goings and loves and tragedies of the powerful and not so powerful. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net> (Added correction, yetivelorry@yahoo.com)

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1975 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(22 episodes) | (26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Hayley Mills was originally cast as Glencora Palliser, but backed out when her doctor thought it would be too strenuous as she had just had a baby. Meanwhile, Susan Hampshire had also just had a baby, but her daughter had died. Susan's doctor thought work would be the best thing for her, so she took the part. See more »

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Alice Vavasor: Lady Glencora, gentlemen, has the gift of laughter, which has always been hated by the poor in spirit and loved by the gods.
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Referenced in Are You Being Served?: The Think Tank (1974) See more »

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Ranks with the best miniseries of the golden age
17 March 2010 | by davdecraneSee all my reviews

Even at 24 hours or so, this family does not overstay its welcome. Splendidly costumed and intricately plotted characters – for the most part wonderfully portrayed – combine in a number of imbricate tales, all of which, however seemingly episodic, reveal aspects of our main characters' (the Paliser paterfamilias and his wife) personalities. Humane, feminist, open- minded and just – all these define the stiff, awkward, sometimes dour but never pessimistic Plantagenet Paliser, and explain his attraction to us. He indulges his wife, the real axis for much of the story, and it's good he does; she rounds out his truth with an emotional honesty of her own that he opposes at first only to, always, bow to. It is the characters then that grab us in this long miniseries, as they must in any long-form for us to stay engaged. The Palisers may not have the same degree of dramatic ups and downs of I, Claudius and other miniseries greats – but the humanity the eponymous couple demonstrates is just as compelling.


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