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The Real Charlotte 

When the man she's long loved is widowed, flinty, fortyish, but financially secure Charlotte sees her chance to end her spinsterhood at last - but then her impoverished young cousin Francie arrives.








Series cast summary:
Jeananne Crowley Jeananne Crowley ...  Charlotte Mullen 3 episodes, 1990
Patrick Bergin ...  Roderick Lambert 3 episodes, 1990
Joanna Roth Joanna Roth ...  Francie Fitzpatrick 3 episodes, 1990
Robin McCallum Robin McCallum ...  Christopher Dysart 3 episodes, 1990
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ...  Gerald Hawkins 3 episodes, 1990
Eileen Colgan Eileen Colgan ...  Norrie 3 episodes, 1990
Jemma Redgrave ...  Pamela Dysart 3 episodes, 1990
Joan O'Hara Joan O'Hara ...  Lady Dysart 3 episodes, 1990
Graham Sinclair Graham Sinclair ...  Cursitor 3 episodes, 1990
Marie Kean ...  Julia Duffy 3 episodes, 1990
Veronica Coburn Veronica Coburn ...  Louisa 3 episodes, 1990
Anne-Marie McCormack Anne-Marie McCormack ...  Miss Baker 3 episodes, 1990
Louise Studley Louise Studley ...  Mrs. Baker 3 episodes, 1990
Michelle Holden Michelle Holden ...  Miss Corkran 3 episodes, 1990
Lucinda Clare ...  Evelyn 2 episodes, 1990
Sorcha Cusack ...  Lucy Lambert 2 episodes, 1990
Bairbre Ní Chaoimh Bairbre Ní Chaoimh ...  Mary Halloran 2 episodes, 1990
Eric Francis Eric Francis ...  Sir Benjamin Dysart 2 episodes, 1990
Aiden Grennell Aiden Grennell ...  Canavan 2 episodes, 1990
Eamon Keane Eamon Keane ...  Gorman 2 episodes, 1990
Phelim Pekaar Phelim Pekaar ...  Gary Dysart 2 episodes, 1990
Cathleen Delany Cathleen Delany ...  Mrs. Gascoine 2 episodes, 1990
Sian Maguire Sian Maguire ...  Miss Beatty 2 episodes, 1990


When the man she's long loved is widowed, flinty, fortyish, but financially secure Charlotte sees her chance to end her spinsterhood at last - but then her impoverished young cousin Francie arrives.

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25 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(3 episodes)


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Fascinating piece of Irish social history
3 March 2003 | by zenbrentSee all my reviews

Four hours spent watching "The Real Charlotte" is time well spent, if you know what you are looking at. "The Real Charlotte" is based on a novel actually written during those times (circa 1900) by two Irish aristocratic women, and they know what they are writing about. It is a fascinating and beautiful piece of Irish social history, something of an Irish "Gosford Park". The latter film was also often misunderstood and panned by reviewers. These films are not Hollywood, folks! They tell the story of how people lived in a different time and place, and they do it well. Either you're interested in that sort of thing or you're not! As for "The Real Charlotte", the lead character, Charlotte, is all too well-developed, as is the character of the man she loves. Although I felt that the story began a bit slowly, as I got into it and began to understand what was going on, I really got drawn in. It is a story of greed and ambition, and a story of life and love. It is the story of three men loving one woman, and of a different woman loving one of those men. I could NOT predict what was going to happen, and the abrupt ending came as something of a shock. I could hardly believe that a story from those times would have such an ending, although in retrospect I can see it now.

Have we become so jaded that we no longer care about the life and loves of people who were as real then as we are now? Are we not interested in a world still recognizable, a world known to our grandparents or great-grandparents, charming yet desolate, so near and yet so far? I believe most romantics, and many thoughtful people, would enjoy this film. I certainly plan to spend another four hours of my life enjoying it again.

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