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Aristocrats 

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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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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 ...  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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The beaded necklace Geraldine Somerville (Lady Emily) wears during the scene in which her character reads a letter from her son, who is at Eton, is the same necklace Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) wears when she sings with Frank Churchill at Randalls in Emma (1996). See more »

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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 »

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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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Mostly wonderful set-up with no wrap-up
14 September 2007 | by irish23See all my reviews

No mini-series has made me want to read the book more. The source material seems absolutely fascinating, and so many allusions and sometimes confusing references were made in the series that one realizes only a book can flesh out the intricacies of the complete story.

This was a compelling series up to the end disc, when previously minor flaws became too great to ignore. The writer can't seem to decide if the story is about 4 sisters and their relationship to each other; their interactions with social norms & how they abided by, flaunted, or bent them; the plight of the aristocracy itself during a time of social turmoil; or how great a stand one should take on great political/moral issues and what consequences that may have.

This is obviously far too much for any 6-part series to take on, even by so venerable an institution as the BBC. Casting, acting, direction, sets, and costumes are outstanding, as always. But the story...the story raises little questions here and there that don't get resolved. One's willing to overlook that because everything else is so compelling. But the final disc (2 episodes), where the timeline has progressed into the sisters' later years, really starts to fall apart. Characters we barely know suddenly take up the bulk of screen time and the 4- pronged story arc starts to fray.

It was such a disappointing end to an otherwise wonderful period piece. I can't wait to read the book.


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10 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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