18th-century England and Ireland viewed through the eyes of four beautiful high-born sisters - Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, great-granddaughters of a king, daughters of a cabinet minister, and wives of politicians and peers.
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Complete series cast summary:
Siân Phillips ...  Narrator / ... 6 episodes, 1999
Alun Armstrong ...  Henry Fox 5 episodes, 1999
Ben Daniels ...  Lord Kildare 5 episodes, 1999
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ...  Lady Caroline / ... 5 episodes, 1999
Anne-Marie Duff ...  Lady Louisa / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Toby Jones ...  Ste Fox 4 episodes, 1999
Tom Mullion Tom Mullion ...  Thomas Conolly 4 episodes, 1999
Jodhi May ...  Lady Sarah 4 episodes, 1999
Geraldine Somerville ...  Lady Emily 4 episodes, 1999
Hugh Sachs Hugh Sachs ...  Charles James Fox 4 episodes, 1999
Tom Beard ...  Charles 3rd Duke of Richmond 3 episodes, 1999
Andrew Fitzsimons Andrew Fitzsimons ...  Young Edward Fitzgerald / ... 3 episodes, 1999
Brendan Morrissey Brendan Morrissey ...  Fox's Butler 3 episodes, 1999
Clive Swift ...  King George II 3 episodes, 1999
Katherine Wogan Katherine Wogan ...  Mary 3rd Duchess of Richmond 3 episodes, 1999
George Anton George Anton ...  William Ogilvie 2 episodes, 1999
Jeremy Bulloch ...  Older George Napier 2 episodes, 1999
Julian Fellowes ...  Duke of Richmond 2 episodes, 1999
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ...  Duchess of Richmond 2 episodes, 1999
Patrick Duncan Patrick Duncan ...  First Guest / ... 2 episodes, 1999
David Gant ...  Older Ogilvie 2 episodes, 1999
Andrew Havill ...  Charles Bunbury 2 episodes, 1999
Lara Madden Lara Madden ...  Young Lady Sarah 2 episodes, 1999
Frank Kelly ...  George Selwyn 2 episodes, 1999
John Light ...  Lord Edward Fitzgerald 2 episodes, 1999
Saoirse O'Brien Saoirse O'Brien ...  Young Lady Louisa 2 episodes, 1999
Katharine Rogers Katharine Rogers ...  Princess Caroline 2 episodes, 1999
Pauline McLynn ...  Susan Fox-Strangways 2 episodes, 1999
Jérôme Pradon Jérôme Pradon ...  Duc de Lauzun 2 episodes, 1999
William Sparks William Sparks ...  Young Charles 2 episodes, 1999
Diana Quick ...  Older Lady Louisa 2 episodes, 1999
Eamon Rohan Eamon Rohan ...  Horace Walpole 2 episodes, 1999
Paul Ridley Paul Ridley ...  Older Tom Conolly 2 episodes, 1999
Amelia Warner ...  Lady Cecelia 2 episodes, 1999
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ...  Older Lady Sarah 2 episodes, 1999
Adam Webb Adam Webb ...  William Fitzgerald 2 episodes, 1999
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18th-century England and Ireland viewed through the eyes of four beautiful high-born sisters - Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, great-granddaughters of a king, daughters of a cabinet minister, and wives of politicians and peers.

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Drama | History

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UK | Ireland | USA

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English

Release Date:

10 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aristocrats See more »

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Trivia

The gold and jewel encrusted gown worn by Jodhi May (as Lady Sarah) to the court of the newly crowned George III was previously worn by Helen Mirren as Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George (1994). See more »

Goofs

Geraldine Somerville, who was the principal actress playing the second Lennox sister Emily, appears in the background as a mourner in the scene where Lady Caroline and Mr. Fox are talking at a funeral in the first episode of the series. At this point in the story, the character of Emily is a child so Geraldine was available as an extra and the casting directors didn't think anyone would notice. See more »

Quotes

Lady Emily: Is not the act of love... strange? Jimmy says that its frequent use is necessary to a woman's health and happiness.
Caroline: That's abominably indelicate.
Lady Emily: He says what he thinks.
Caroline: I'm sure one sees many mighty comfortable old virgins.
Lady Emily: Perhaps that is so. But one is awfully glad not to be among them...
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Featured in The Making of 'Aristocrats' (1999) See more »

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Harlequin romance covers and political intrigue...
15 August 2008 | by JonathanWalfordSee all my reviews

I had a problem with this production -- it didn't know what it wanted to be. Was it a faithful account of a true story or was it a Goergian soap opera with harlequin romance cover bedroom scenes? The worst problem was the inconsistency - the period drama with the social commentary was dropped by the end of the series, which had turned into a story of political intrigue, involving characters we knew little about.

I enjoyed the series but did not love it. The first two episodes that I thought were going to set the tone for the balance of the series, turned out to have little to do with the rest of the storyline. After the first two episodes, the series became less focused with too many characters and little impact on the storyline.

I am sure the book is much better and on a positive, this series does encourage me to go out and read more about these sisters and what really happened. This film was a great introduction to the story but it was far from satisfying.


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