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In 1913, young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted world of the British music hall. Traveling from one city to the next, assisting at ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
...  Richard Herncastle 7 episodes, 1986
Gillian Bevan ...  Cissie Mapes 7 episodes, 1986
...  Nick Ollanton 7 episodes, 1986
...  Barney 7 episodes, 1986
Ted Morris ...  Sam Hayes 7 episodes, 1986
Neil Boorman ...  Ben Hayes 7 episodes, 1986
...  Julie Blane 6 episodes, 1986
Francesca McGregor ...  Nonie Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
Jean Marie Segal ...  Gustav Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
John Ballanger ...  Andre Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
Larbi Slemane ...  Jean Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
...  Tommy Beamish 4 episodes, 1986
...  Nancy Ellis 4 episodes, 1986
Emil Wolk ...  Ricarlo 4 episodes, 1986
...  Hubert Courtenay 4 episodes, 1986
Rio Fortune ...  The ragtime three 3 episodes, 1986
Mike Mosebury ...  The ragtime three 3 episodes, 1986
Claude Walloon ...  The ragtime three 3 episodes, 1986
Brenda Larenty ...  The Montanas 3 episodes, 1986
Miguel ...  The Montanas 3 episodes, 1986
Stephen Brigden ...  Bob Hodson 3 episodes, 1986
Jane Arden ...  Susie Hodson 3 episodes, 1986
Bruce Morrison ...  Ambrose 3 episodes, 1986
Mick Walter ...  Philip Tewby / ... 3 episodes, 1986
John Asquith ...  Esmond 3 episodes, 1986
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In 1913, young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted world of the British music hall. Traveling from one city to the next, assisting at conjuring acts and disappearing acts, Richard comes to know romance, politics and high adventure. The next year, in a true and terrifying vanishing act, the guns of August blast away that world forever. Written by Anonymous

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Los imperios perdidos  »

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Nick Ollanton: [to Richard Herncastle] I'm not going to sleep with her, lad. I thought that was your department.
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They Didn't Believe Me
Words by Herbert Reynolds
Music by Jerome Kern
First Published 1914
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Show Business, Music Hall Style, WWI
30 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Good but not great depiction of travelling "vaudeville" in England just as WWI commences. The plot is serviceable, but the ambiance and the characters are outstanding.

A diverse group of show business performers are presented in all their individuality and also as a certain generalized type of performer and human being.

The atmosphere is dominated by a somewhat perverse, nasty and mysterious magician, who is Colin Firth's character's Uncle Nick. He is outstanding and sets the tone for the show. Firth is rather bland, but it should be interesting for viewers to see him act as a young man.

Anyone with in an interest in show business, even if it's just an historical interest, will find this series quite satisfying, though not stunning.


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