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The elderly Logan Mountstuart recalls his life as recorded in his many journals. In 1926, as an Oxford student, he is keen to race his friends Peter and Ben to losing their virginity. ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Samuels

Writers:

William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Logan Mountstuart (Older)
Conor Nealon Conor Nealon ... Logan Mountstuart (Child)
Matthew Macfadyen ... Logan Mountstuart (Middle)
Sam Claflin ... Logan Mountstuart (Young)
Philip Simon Philip Simon ... Roderick Poole
Freddie Fox ... Peter Scabius (Young)
James Musgrave James Musgrave ... Ben Leeping (Younger)
Holliday Grainger ... Tess Scabius
Charity Wakefield ... Land Fothergill
Gerry George Gerry George ... Winston Churchill
Ken Bones ... Mr. Mountstuart
Flaminia Cinque ... Mrs. Mountstuart
Katrine De Candole ... Anna
Julian Ovenden ... Ernest Hemingway
Stéphane Dausse Stéphane Dausse ... Cyprien
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The elderly Logan Mountstuart recalls his life as recorded in his many journals. In 1926, as an Oxford student, he is keen to race his friends Peter and Ben to losing their virginity. However, his chosen girl, the feisty socialist Land Fothergill seeks only his intellectual companionship. Thus he spends illicit Sunday afternoons with Peter's girlfriend Tess until she becomes pregnant and marries Peter. Whilst promising his dying father and Uruguayan mother that he will carry on the family tinned meat business, he longs to be a writer. After meeting Ernest Hemingway in Paris, he publishes his first book, the sexy novel 'The Girl Factory', which becomes a best seller. Land is not impressed with his book, feeling it has no intellectual value. Feeling Logan is beneath her, she marries a Labour M.P., and goes on to stand for parliament herself. Logan, on the rebound, marries Lottie, the daughter of an aristocrat. They have a son, Lionel, but the marriage is not a happy one and,when in 1936... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

21 November 2010 (UK) See more »

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Both Jim Broadbent and Sam Claflin, who are playing the older and younger Logan Mountstuart respectively, were wearing chin prosthetics to make them look more like Matthew Macfadyen who plays the adult Logan Mountstuart for the biggest part of the series. See more »

Quotes

Logan Mountstuart (Young): [Voice over, speaking his thoughts] I cannot, must not, lose this wager to Peter Scabius. Or Ben. Never. If Ben wins I'll become a monk.
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