In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Christine McKenna Christine McKenna ...  Christina Parsons 12 episodes, 1979
Rosalie Williams ...  Mary 10 episodes, 1979
Steven Grives ...  Mark Russell 9 episodes, 1979
Frank Mills ...  Fowler 9 episodes, 1979
Alan Parnaby Alan Parnaby ...  William Russell 8 episodes, 1979
David Huscroft David Huscroft ...  Joe 8 episodes, 1979
Sebastian Abineri Sebastian Abineri ...  Dick Wright 7 episodes, 1979
Carol Leader Carol Leader ...  Dorothy 6 episodes, 1979
Edward Judd ...  Uncle Russell 5 episodes, 1979
Olive Pendleton Olive Pendleton ...  Aunt Grace 5 episodes, 1979
Anton Diffring ...  Mr. Dermot 5 episodes, 1979
Michael Macowan Michael Macowan ...  Dr. Porter 5 episodes, 1979


In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a wastrel, a roue and, like his father, loves to hunt. The younger son William lives to fly aeroplanes. Christina finds herself struggling with the ideas of classism as she falls in love with country life, the hunt, and one of her cousins. But after their impulsive marriage, when her husband is called away by the First World War, Christina must keep Flambards afloat by herself. Written by Kathy Li

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Christine McKenna had read K.M. Peyton's Flambards novels and desperately wanted the part of Christina. When producer Leonard Lewis asked her whether she could ride a horse, she assured him that she was an expert and could even ride side-saddle. In reality she had never ridden before in her life. When she learned that she had got the part, one week before filming started, she went out and bought a pair of riding boots and a hard hat, and booked an intensive course of riding lessons. She was so saddle-sore by the end of the lessons and the start of filming that although she could ride passably well, she could barely walk and sitting was painful. See more »


[talking about Dorothy, Sandy's fiance]
William Russell: She's Sandy's.
Christina Parsons: Oh, did Sandy win her in a raffle then?
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Alternate Versions

When the series was originally shown, the first episode was 90 minutes long and was titled "Christina" in the opening titles and "The Blooding" in the caption after the second commercial break. For subsequent repeats and the DVD release, longer versions of this first episode were shown as two separate 60-minute episodes with titles "Christina" and "The Blooding". See more »


Song of Christina
Music by David Fanshawe.
Lyrics by Alan Plater.
Sung by Nick Curtis.
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Hands down, the best, most enduring mini series I have ever seen
11 July 1999 | by ElsbedSee all my reviews

This series is absolutely incredible. For several summers after it came out in '78, PBS would run the entire 13 part series. My sister and I watched it religiously. Then, inexplicably, it seemed to drop off the face of the earth. We were so excited when, years later, A&E ran it, albeit with commercial interruptions and cutting. Even more excited when another local PBS channel aired the complete version of the series. We both have them on tape now and have watched them again, and again... and again. I have read the books by KM Peyton, and although they are very good, this is one instance where the film version surpassed the books. The performances were fantastic. Christine McKenna as the freespirited orphan Christina, Steven Grives is excellent as the naughty, arrogant (but lovable) Mark, and Alan Parnaby as the shy, intelligent William. We watch the characters grow from sheltered teenagers to adults with difficult choices to make. Based on three books, one can almost see the "break" within the series, the first part being Christina's arrival at Flambards, her introduction to horseback riding, her adjustment to living with the crumbly, wheelchair bound Uncle Russell, and the two brothers. Secondly, she falls in love with William and runs off to London with him so that he may pursue his dream of designing airplanes. There they live a relatively carefree existence until World War I approaches and William decides to join the Royal Flying Corps. These characters are so endearing, so lovable; the entire series is beautifully filmed, music and costuming are great, and the "flying machines" are spectacular. What is most astonishing to me is that very few people I've talked to have ever heard of this series, and it is so seldom shown anymore that I doubt if many people will be introduced to it any time soon. Yet, I have actually gotten people ADDICTED to it by watching my videos; in college I would come home from class to find my roommates completely engrossed and watching it for the second, or third time. I do wish that this series would get the recognition it deserves. I believe now that it is available as a video boxed set, which is at least a start, but I believe that PBS should revive this, and other great series from the 70's.

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2 February 1979 (UK) See more »

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