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The Making of a Lady (2012)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 9 February 2014
After losing her employment, Emily accepts a proposal that will give her a secure future. But she soon finds trapped in her new family's deception.
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Complete credited cast:
Lydia Wilson ... Emily Fox Seton
Maggie Fox Maggie Fox ... Mrs. Parke
Sarah Ridgeway Sarah Ridgeway ... Jane
Joanna Lumley ... Lady Maria Byrne
Linus Roache ... Lord James Walderhurst.
Souad Faress ... Ameerah
James D'Arcy ... Captain Alec Osborn
Hasina Haque ... Hester Osborn
Victoria Ross Victoria Ross ... Annabelle Rivers
Lucy Gape Lucy Gape ... Agatha Slade
Malcolm Storry ... Mr. Litton
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ... Mrs. Litton
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1901:- Poor but intelligent Emily Fox Seton accepts a marriage proposal from the older Lord James Walderhurst,a widower pushed into providing an heir by his haughty aunt Maria,Emily's employer. It is an arrangement for them both - in James' case to stop the family home passing to James' cousin Alec Osborn and his Anglo-Indian wife Hester. However affection soon grows between them but James is posted to India with his regiment and the Osborns come to stay with Emily,telling her James sent them to look after her. But they have lied and Alec's alarming mood swings brought on by illness threatens Emily's pregnancy and drives the staff away. Soon Emily realises that the couple is up to no good. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobre Ganância See more »

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Based on two works by Frances Hodgson Burnett: "The Making of a Marchioness," a novella that ends with Emily and Lord Walderhurst's engagement, and its sequel "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst." Both works have been subsequently published together, either under name "The Making of a Marchioness" or as "Emily Fox-Seton." See more »

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When Alec's corpse is laid down, his head is placed on the curb. In the next shot he is shown laying about 2 feet away from the curb. See more »

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Clichéd nonsense that passes the time if you're feeling forgiving
22 December 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE MAKING OF A LADY is a 2012 ITV adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, THE MAKING OF A MARCHIONESS. Being entirely unfamiliar with the story, I sat down to check it out, and ended up watching a television film of two parts.

The first half is an entirely conventional romance between ANY HUMAN HEART's Lydia Wilson (keeping her clothes on this time around) and Linus Roache, playing almost exactly the same role as the one in ITV'S TITANIC shown earlier this year. The look, the feel, the script, everything is familiar and safe.

The second half moves into unfamiliar territory as the plot gradually develops into a mystery/thriller, somewhere along the lines of a Wilkie Collins novel. I don't mind a bit of melodrama, but this ends up just as clichéd and predictable as the first half, albeit in a different genre. The would-be villains aren't menacing in the least and there's a pantomime feel to the whole production.

In the end, I didn't buy it. I appreciate the thought and effort that went into this, and I always like new productions of the more unfamiliar classics, but THE MARKING OF A LADY has zero style and not much else to recommend it.


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