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Love in a Cold Climate 

Bestselling author Nancy Mitford's novels "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate" draw on her own experiences as a child of Britain's aristocracy between the two world wars. ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Judi Dench ...  Sadie 8 episodes, 1980
Michael Aldridge ...  Uncle Matt 8 episodes, 1980
Michael Williams ...  Davey Warbeck 8 episodes, 1980
Lucy Gutteridge ...  Linda 7 episodes, 1980
John Moffatt ...  Lord Merlin 7 episodes, 1980
Isabelle Amyes Isabelle Amyes ...  Fanny 7 episodes, 1980
Vivian Pickles ...  Lady Montdore 6 episodes, 1980
Diana Fairfax ...  Emily Warbeck 6 episodes, 1980
Job Stewart Job Stewart ...  Boy Dougdale 6 episodes, 1980
Rosalyn Landor ...  Polly 5 episodes, 1980
Rebecca Saire ...  Victoria 5 episodes, 1980
Christopher Scoular Christopher Scoular ...  Alfred 5 episodes, 1980
Richard Hurndall ...  Lord Montdore 4 episodes, 1980
Michael Cochrane ...  Cedric Hampton 4 episodes, 1980
Yolande Palfrey Yolande Palfrey ...  Jassy 4 episodes, 1980
Selena Carey-Jones Selena Carey-Jones ...  Louisa 4 episodes, 1980
Max Harris Max Harris ...  Little Matt 4 episodes, 1980
Jean-Pierre Cassel ...  Fabrice, Duc de Sauveterre 3 episodes, 1980
Anthony Head ...  Tony Kroesig 3 episodes, 1980
Peter Howell ...  Duke of Paddington 3 episodes, 1980
Joshua Le Touzel Joshua Le Touzel ...  Bob 3 episodes, 1980
Leon Eagles ...  Sir Leicester Kroesig 2 episodes, 1980
Adrienne Corri ...  Veronica Chaddesley-Corbett 2 episodes, 1980
Ralph Lawson Ralph Lawson ...  Christian Talbot 2 episodes, 1980
Ann Queensberry ...  Lady Patricia 2 episodes, 1980
Richard Beale Richard Beale ...  Josh 2 episodes, 1980
Michael Lees ...  Lord Fort-William 2 episodes, 1980


Bestselling author Nancy Mitford's novels "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate" draw on her own experiences as a child of Britain's aristocracy between the two world wars. Adapted by Simon Raven (The Pallisers, Edward & Mrs. Simpson), this eight-part Masterpiece Theatre presentation stars Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench (Iris), Michael Williams (A Fine Romance), Michael Aldridge (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and Vivian Pickles (Harold and Maude). Linda Radlett (Lucy Gutteridge, A Christmas Carol), daughter of Lord and Lady Alconleigh, follows her heart in and out of adventures, marriages, and dalliances, much to the dismay of her parents. Her dear friend Polly Hampton (Rosalyn Landor) maintains a cooler head (and some say, a colder heart) in her romantic entanglements. Seamlessly weaving together the two women's tangled love affairs, this "literate...and entertaining" (People) drama is set against a backdrop of the English nobility's golden age, and a looming world ...

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28 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Original Love in a Cold Climate available on DVD
19 September 2012 | by mbuchwaldSee all my reviews

I just rented the original version of Love in Cold Climate on DVD. Having never seen the broadcast, I was a bit taken aback at first because it clearly belies its age (1980), but after I got into the second episode I was hooked. All commentators who have bemoaned its absence should run to their favourite source and get the DVD. The DVD is well made and has subtitles for those of us who are hard of hearing or have trouble with the accents. It was interesting to see the younger Judi Dench and a set of excellent actors that have not had immense careers afterwards. Seeing the DVD has made me want to go and read the books on which the series was based just as seeing Brideshead Revisited (to me still the best book adaptation that I have seen on TV) sent me to read the novel.

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