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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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The Honeysuckle and the Bee
Written by Albert H. Fitz (as Alb. H. Fitz) and William H. Penn (as Wm. H. Penn)
[First Published 1901]
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recreating a lost world
8 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

In WWI, British soldier Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth) recognizes performer Nancy Ellis on the front. He is hit by the shelling as she cries out to get help for him. Before the war, Richard loses his mother and is recruited by his uncle Nick who plays magician Ganga Dun. They go from town to town in the traveling Empire Theatre. Richard finds romance and adventure in the short time before the war. That's where he meets Nancy performing in the first act.

This is impeccably made. It is well-costumed and gives a great sense of the old variety theater world. It is also one of the last performances of the late Sir Laurence Olivier in a minor role as a fading comedian well past his usefulness. The character is losing his mind and Olivier is great. I can do without Firth's narration. Firth does a cool romantic performance. He is the personification of a beautiful heartthrob. I'm not usually a fan of narrations and this one seems to keep some distance. The story can meander. It's a long, winding road. Overall, it's a compelling recreation of this lost empire.


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