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Fortunes of War 

Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. After the war begins, they cross paths with diplomats, literary... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Emma Thompson ...  Harriet Pringle 7 episodes, 1987
Kenneth Branagh ...  Guy Pringle 7 episodes, 1987
Charles Kay ...  Dobson 7 episodes, 1987
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ...  Dubedat 5 episodes, 1987
Ronald Pickup ...  Prince Yakimov 4 episodes, 1987
Alan Bennett ...  Lord Pinkrose 4 episodes, 1987
Harry Burton Harry Burton ...  Sasha Drucker 4 episodes, 1987
Rupert Graves ...  Simon Boulderstone 3 episodes, 1987
James Villiers James Villiers ...  Inchcape 3 episodes, 1987
Robert Stephens ...  Castlebar 3 episodes, 1987
Ciaran Madden ...  Angela Hooper 3 episodes, 1987
Desmond McNamara Desmond McNamara ...  Galpin 3 episodes, 1987
Richard Clifford ...  Lawson / ... 3 episodes, 1987
Diana Hardcastle ...  Edwina Little 3 episodes, 1987
Christopher Strauli Christopher Strauli ...  Toby Lush 3 episodes, 1987
Greg Hicks ...  Aidan Pratt 3 episodes, 1987
Elena Secota ...  Sophie Oresanu 3 episodes, 1987
Magdalena Buznea Magdalena Buznea ...  Despina 3 episodes, 1987
Caroline Langrishe ...  Bella Niculesco 3 episodes, 1987
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Hadjimoscos / ... 3 episodes, 1987
Mischa De La Motte Mischa De La Motte ...  Horvath 3 episodes, 1987
Nicholas Amer ...  Palu 3 episodes, 1987
Sam Dastor Sam Dastor ...  Dr. Shafik 2 episodes, 1987
Clifford Rose ...  Professor Gracey 2 episodes, 1987
Patricia Quinn ...  Mona Castlebar 2 episodes, 1987
Glyn Grain Glyn Grain ...  Foxy Leverett 2 episodes, 1987
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ...  Mortimer 2 episodes, 1987
Anthony Calf ...  Corporal Arnold 2 episodes, 1987
Esmond Knight ...  Liversage 2 episodes, 1987
Erin Donovan ...  Phil 2 episodes, 1987
Vladimir Mirodan Vladimir Mirodan ...  Nikko Niculesco 2 episodes, 1987
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ...  Lord Lisdoonvarna 2 episodes, 1987
Relja Basic Relja Basic ...  Emmanuel Drucker 2 episodes, 1987
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Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. After the war begins, they cross paths with diplomats, literary types, spies, penniless royals, gays and lesbians as they flee before the advancing Germany armies to Athens and then to Cairo. Written by Noble Bell <nbell@cc.memphis.edu>

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Koleje wojny See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Egypt See more »

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Runtime:

(7 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Joanne Whalley and Fiona Shaw were considered for the role of Harriet Pringle. See more »

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Toby Lush: Guy, you know what Harriet reminds me of? Those lines of Tennyson; "She walks in beauty like the night, Of cloudless climes and starry skies."
Guy Pringle: Byron.
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Featured in Timeshift: Alan Plater: Hearing the Music (2005) See more »

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disappointing
21 July 2007 | by churwinjSee all my reviews

The three points are for the splendid production values. I have not read the novels but offer this point of view based solely on the TV series. Well acted by all means, but Fortunes of War is ultimately tedious and horrendously disjointed. It is like watching a Play for Today that goes on and on and on. While Plater's terse and character-obsessed style no doubt works for short TV drama and the stage, it is out of place in a lavish and lengthy production such as this. In the end there was no plot to speak of. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did. I kept waiting for some drama, some explosion of conflict between the seemingly endless numbers of characters but again there was nothing. Yes, we had a snapshot of Europe on the brink of war, of the British ex-pat community at play, desperately trying to ignore the gathering storm and looking to their own self interest. But so what? This theme has been done to death. The characters were quirky in some cases (and then only in an irritating way) but mostly they were extremely dull. I was unable to care about any of them. We are told that the story is about the break up of the Pringle marriage as it faces the stresses and strains of impending war. But the impending war never seemed to really threaten and the British ex-pats seemed almost unconcerned about it. The Thompson- Branagh relationship- if relationship is the right word- lacked any passion and from the start they seemed to be two dull people ideally suited to each other. There was never ever a 'relationship' to break up and so when it 'started' I really didn't feel anything at all. Branagh's character was the most disappointing, almost soporifically so. We are told he was a communist, feverishly against war, yet he expresses little outrage at the collapse of civilization (apart from the odd and very unconvincing 'war is an outrage' uttered over yet another glass of wine). Not such an outrage that it should interrupt his frankly absurd obsession with Shakespeare et al at a time when everything Shakespeare stood for was crashing down on his head. All the characters seemed to be thoroughly amoral. The only one I frankly cared for was the old man and the toy dog he dragged around. In the end that summed up this failed production for me. Nothing but a drag.


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