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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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television,WGBH See more »
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| (6 parts)

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Rupert Graves (as Young Jolyon) and Gillian Kearney (as June) play father and daughter, but there is actually just under nine years difference in their ages. See more »

Quotes

Jon Forsyte: Can't you see? I'm dying for you! But we mustn't rush this. It's the most important thing. It's everything!
Fleur Forsyte: Don't break my heart, Jon. I can't stand if you did.
Jon Forsyte: How could I ever do that?
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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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A gripping follow-up to the first series
19 September 2003 | by ducklessreedsSee all my reviews

The first series was so well wrought that I rushed out to buy the books, a set of three trilogies! As did the first, this second series brings the characters and story lines to life as though Galsworthy himself crafted the script. Once again, we trace the intertwined lives of Soames, Irene, Jolyon and their families as they mature and branch out. Damien Lewis builds upon his masterful portrayal of Soames, an emotionally repressed man bound by Victorian conventions, whilst others around him, including the irrepressible Freddie, enjoy the heady excitement of the decidedly unstuffy post-war era. I found most characters "aged" convincingly, although time, if not her fashionable appearance, seems to have stood still for June who now looks about the same age as her much younger sister, Holly. Overall, the continuity between the first and second series has been handled well. Much of the action in the books has been condensed whilst still remaining true to the plot (the same things happen, just not as drawn out). I am really enjoying the new characters who have been introduced: Jon, Fleur, Prosper Profond and Michael Mont. The actors are well cast and have done a marvellous job; the audience really cares what happens to them, regardless of whether we like them or not. None is all bad or all good, and we recognise our own human virtues and frailties in reflection.


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