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The Forsyte Saga 

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.
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Series cast summary:
Damian Lewis ...  Soames Forsyte 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Rupert Graves ...  Young Jolyon Forsyte / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Gina McKee ...  Irene Forsyte / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Amanda Root ...  Winifred / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Ben Miles ...  Montague Dartie 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Gillian Kearney ...  June / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Alistair Petrie ...  George / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Ann Bell ...  Aunt Hester / ... 8 episodes, 2002-2003
Malcolm Raeburn Malcolm Raeburn ...  Parfitt 7 episodes, 2002-2003
Barbara Flynn ...  Emily 6 episodes, 2002
Beatriz Batarda ...  Annette Forsyte née Lamotte / ... 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Julian Ovenden ...  Val Dartie 6 episodes, 2002-2003
John Carlisle John Carlisle ...  James Forsyte 6 episodes, 2002
Amanda Ryan ...  Holly Dartie née Forsyte / ... 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Wendy Craig ...  Aunt Juley 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Maggie Fox Maggie Fox ...  Bilson 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Corin Redgrave ...  Old Jolyon Forsyte / ... 5 episodes, 2002
Jowanna Rose Jowanna Rose ...  Smither 5 episodes, 2002-2003
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon Forsyte. Soames is a solicitor, all proper and straight-laced. His love for the beautiful Irene is his only weakness as is his beautiful daughter Fleur. Jolyon is the opposite, a free-thinking artist who abandons his wife to live with his children's nanny. Their lives and their children's lives will intersect over 30 years bringing happiness to some and tragedy to others. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forsyte Saga See more »

Company Credits

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Granada Television,WGBH See more »
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Runtime:

| (6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Wendy Craig was asked to play Aunt Juley as she had done in the first series but was not available because of her regular role in The Royal (2003). See more »

Quotes

Irene Forsyte nee Heron: Do you love her, my darling? I mean, really love her.
Jon Forsyte: I wouldn't be holding onto it if I didn't.
Irene Forsyte nee Heron: You've only known her a few months. You're 19 years old, she is very beautiful and you want her. I mean, who wouldn't? But is that love? Does she feel the way you do?
Jon Forsyte: Of course she does.
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Referenced in Granada Reports: 5 April 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Irene's Song
(End titles music)
Music by Geoffrey Burgon
Lyrics by Jacqueline Kroft
Performed by Bryn Terfel
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Damian Lewis shines as Soames
20 October 2003 | by jennyDarlinSee all my reviews

I have not seen the original film or read the book, so I have a fresh perspective on this version of The Forsyte Saga. It is a brilliantly acted, emotionally stirring film. Damian Lewis is outstanding. He brings such intense emotions to the character of Soames. I don't know if it's the character but I like to think it's his acting that makes you almost feel sorry for this man. How can you feel sorry for someone who, on the surface can be so cruel? Well, that is the genius of Damian Lewis! He brings such passion to the complex character of Soames that you can't stop watching it! He expresses so realistically the repressed emotions of the character. I feel that is what makes this film so moving, it's so human. The film displays w/such heartache(thanks to the acting) the struggles and human complexities of individuals forced to stay within the expectations of their repressed society. The actors effectively display how the characters desperately need & want love and acceptance, but don't have a clue how to obtain it, although some do find love eventually. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who likes period type/costume dramas which showcases brilliant acting. And if you don't know Damian Lewis, this is an excellent introduction to his work!


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