Love in a Cold Climate 1 Season 1980

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Season 1
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Cedric Hampton arrives at Hampton, thrilled and determined to make Lady Montdore a decent companion. Polly retreats to Sicily with her new husband but finds the heat stifling as her marriage cools. Christian Talbot, a penniless communist, wins Linda over.

Starring:
Vivian Pickles, Michael Cochrane
Runtime:
51 minutes
Original air date:
November 26, 1980

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Season 1

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Genres Drama
Director Donald McWhinnie
Starring Vivian Pickles, Michael Cochrane
Supporting actors Judi Dench, Michael Aldridge, Michael Williams, John Moffatt, Rosalyn Landor, Lucy Gutteridge, Isabelle Amyes, Leon Eagles, Job Stewart, Yolande Palfrey, Rebecca Saire, Ralph Lawson, Christopher Scoular, Richard Hurndall, Peter Howell, Jennifer Lonsdale, Max Harris
Season year 1980
Network Acorn Media
Producers Ian Elsey, Gerald Savory
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Besides Judi Dench, there are a host of excellent actors and actresses, including Michael Aldridge and most enjoyably Vivian Pickles as Polly's mother Lady Montdore.
John D. Cofield
The acting was terrific and the plot engaging but the eccentric characters really tickled me.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
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In the winter of 1982 I was spellbound by the 8 part mini-series Love in a Cold Climate shown on Masterpiece Theater. I looked forward to seeing it again, but to my dismay it was never repeated and I had to rely only on my memories except for short clips on Youtube. Now at last it's born again as a DVD set, and I can barely wait to once again feast my eyes on it.

The mini-series combines Nancy Mitford's two companion novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, both of which were published in the late 1940s and are the most autobiographical of all of her novels. The main and most compelling portions deal with the romantic vissisitudes of young Linda Radlett, daughter of the eccentric Lord Alconleigh and his vague but loving wife (ably played by Judi Dench). Linda longs for love, finding it first in a young but extremely dull banker, next in a dedicated Communist, and finally in an aristocratic French duke. Her cousin and best friend Fanny, the narrator of the series and of the two books from which it is drawn, leads a much quieter life, falling in love with an eminently suitable young Oxford don and never falling out of it again. Linda and Fanny's friend Polly Hampton, the daughter of a courtly old Earl and his dragonlady wife, has her own romantic troubles that lead her into turmoil as well.

That's the barebones plot outline of the main story, but there is much more to love in this mini-series. All of the characters are loveable and delightfully eccentric, from Linda and Fanny's hypochondriacal Uncle Davey to their highly artistic neighbor Lord Merlin. Besides Judi Dench, there are a host of excellent actors and actresses, including Michael Aldridge and most enjoyably Vivian Pickles as Polly's mother Lady Montdore.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 7, 2012
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Compare 2 adaptations of Love in a Cold Climate? Both excellent, both should be viewed. Each combines the same two Nancy Mitford novels. Equally stellar casts. Both mime the novels: accurate in period detail, well written, provide popping emotion from humor to tragic, even using some book dialogue. Why opt for this new release? MORE! 255 minutes longer of delightful drama and interaction of 1930 romances.

Fanny is the key character telling the story. With a more common face, Isabelle Amyes is great in this long series, but I also love Rosamund Pike's arresting smile (short version.) Both are great stars doing a fantastic Fanny. In this l-o-n-g series Judi Dench (as Aunt Sadie) fans will swear by her perfection, rightly so. Keeping up with the Dench excellence is Davey Warbeck (by Michael Williams), and Uncle Matt (by Michael Aldridge). Cast comparisons could take forever.

SUBTITLES available for all 8 episodes:
~~~1 CHILD HUNT--1924
Young female Radletts excited over London season. Cousin Fanny joins the clan of wanna-be-marrieds.
~~~2 COMING OUT
Linda (Lucy Gutteridge) grows & into a beauty for her coming out. She & Fanny seek love, in all the wrong people.
~~~3 RINGS & THINGS--1932
Linda wed Tony (Anthony Head)? Families object. Fanny eyes a man & Polly (Rosalyn Landor) also.
~~~4 THE MERRY WIDOWER--1933
Polly, Fanny, Linda in wedded bliss? No so in chambers.
~~~5 HEIR APPARENT--1934
Cedric, ah "One", (Michael Cochrane) claims Hampton & sets about converting Sonia (Vivian Pickles). Polly & Linda caught with new love challenges.
~~~6 FOREIGNERS ARE FRIENDS--1938
Venetian Ball tossed by Lady Sonia. Polly is home as Linda's off to a French camp.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By filmlover on August 13, 2012
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This series is a must for all Judi Dench fans. This woman out-acts nearly everyone else oncsreen.
An unusual 'almost biography' from one those infamous Mitford sisters. The early part with the girls as children is a little wooden but when they grow up the story really takes off so stick with it.
It's a rather campy tale of the lives of the wealthy and titled in 1920's-30's England with Judy Dench as mum.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By To Read is to Live on September 9, 2012
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I know a series is good when all of a sudden the credits start rolling and I realize that I have been totally absorbed in my viewing. Such an experience awaited me when I sat down to watch this 8 part series. The acting was terrific and the plot engaging but the eccentric characters really tickled me. Judi Dench was as always a delight to watch but it was her late husband, Michael Williams, as Uncle Davey, that really captured my interest. Vivian Pickles as Lady Montdore could give Maggie Smith's wonderfully portrayed character, Lady Violet of Downton Abbey, a run for her money. The writing was witty and don't be surprised if you find yourself letting loose with a much louder laugh than you usually reserve for watching television. I found this series to be much better than I expected and I recommend it to those who love British manor house dramas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
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"Love in a Cold Climate," is a 1980 British television miniseries that was adapted from popular British author Nancy Mitford's comic novels, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE and LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE. This period romantic drama/comedy was made by Thames television, which really knew how to make costume dramas, and really threw money at the screen, in ball room scenes, cars, clothes, and interiors. It is in full color and consists of three disks, eight episodes in all, 420 minutes of running time. Talented, well-known screenwriter Simon Raven adapted the novels for TV; Donald MacWhinney directed. Praises be, for this series in which no well-bred British person speaks above a whisper, it has subtitles, for which thanks are due to Acorn. Thanks are also due to Acorn for finally releasing this series on DVD; its lovers -- including me-- have been waiting a long, long time for this release.

Disk one includes episodes "Child Hunt," "Coming Out," and "Rings and Things; disk two, "The Merry Widower, "Heir Apparent," and "Foreigners are Fiends." Disk three gives us "Monsieur Le Duc," and "In Love and War." The series follows the eccentric, aristocratic Radlett family from the 1920s through World War II; knowledgeable sources state that it is fact, about the author's eccentric, literary family of beauties,the Mitfords, lightly disguised as fiction. It centers on three young related women as they search for love: wealthy young beauties Polly Montdore and Linda Radlett, and their poorer, plainer cousin Fanny, who narrates, while just trying not to behave like her mother, who has earned the nickname of The Bolter, as she flits from man to man. The entertainment boasts quite a few stars, and important supporting players.
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