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Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill 1 Season

Season 1
4.0 out of 5 stars (62) IMDb 8.4/10

A luminous Lee Remick stars as the mother of Sir Winston Churchill in this award-winning British miniseries seen on PBS. Written by playwright Julian Mitchell, who drew on private letters and papers from the Churchill family, it's a captivating portrait of a spirited American woman. Follow Jennie through her extraordinary life, from her first meeting with Lord Randolph Churchill (Ronald Pickup, Fortunes of War, Behaving Badly) at the young age of 19 through their worldwind marriage, Winston's youth, a feud with the Prince of Wales, exile in Ireland, Randolph's death, and two more marriages: the first to a man the same age as her son, the second to one even younger! For her effervescent performance, Oscar and Tony Award nominee Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses, The Omen) won the best actress Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, as well as an Emmy nomination. Filmed on location in family homes including Blenheim Palace, the series also stars Warren Clarke (Dalziel and Pascoe) as Winston, Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street), Sian Phillips (I, Claudius), and Jeremy Brett (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) as Count Kinsky, Lady Jennie's great love.

Lee Remick, Ronald Pickup

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Season 1

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1. Jennie Jerome

American heiress Jennie Jerome marries British aristocrat Lord Randolph Churchill, despite strong objections from both families.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 22, 1974

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2. Lady Randolph

Jennie can't wait until her child is born so she can return to the whirl of London life. However, a feud with the Prince of Wales exiles her family to Ireland.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 29, 1974

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3. Recovery

Randolph and Jennie return in triumph as his career finally takes off. Jennie meets Count Kinsky, the man destined to become the love of her life.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 5, 1974

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4. Triumph and Tragedy

Appointed chancellor of the exchequer, Randolph abruptly resigns after disputes with Cabinet members and his own health concerns.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 12, 1974

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5. A Perfect Darling

Jennie meets the handsome George Cornwallis-West; although he's the same age as Winston, they marry.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 19, 1974

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6. His Borrowed Plumes

Jennie sets out to find suitable spouses for her sons. In need of money, she also turns to playwrighting.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 26, 1974

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7. A Past and a Future

At age 64, Jennie has too much time on her hands. She marries again and makes plans to follow her young husband to Nigeria.

TV-NR Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: December 3, 1974

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director James Cellan Jones
Starring Lee Remick, Ronald Pickup
Supporting actors Cyril Luckham, Rachel Kempson, Helen Horton, Dan O'Herlihy, Barbara Parkins, Linda Liles, Thorley Walters, Joanna David, John Westbrook, Hilary Minster, Robin Sherringham, Thorey Mountain, Peter Penry-Jones, John Marquand
Network Acorn Media
Producers Andrew Brown, Stella Richman
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I remember watching this as a 10 year old and being absolutely spellbound. Although much of the class structure of those years I obviously didn't understand, the acting of the wonderful, and criminally underrated Lee Remick (sadly no longer with us)in the title role, and the remarkable perforance of Ronald Pickup as Churchill's syphillitic father Randolph were enough.

I remember having a heartbreaking crush on Lee Remick for years after and often looking for the DVD version, which I've only just found out is now available. Thank you Network for finally releasing what I believe to be the finest costume drama of the 70s.

Also, this is beautifully scored by Andre Previn. Bravo all round!
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I remember seeing this when it first came out...on a tiny black and white portable set. In the typical Masterpiece Theatre way, it was exquisite...almost fairytale in style. I was entranced by Lee Remick...the most beautiful "princess" I'd ever seen. A woman with brains as well as beauty, combined with cunning and attitude. It was also a joy to see an American woman navigating the shoals of British politics as if she'd been born to it.

I was so upset when it seemed to disappear after the initial showing...wondering if it would ever turn up. I also wondered if it would be as grand as I remembered. It was well worth the wait.

One final thing: If any viewers ever get to London, head to the American Embassy. You will see a statue of Sir Winston Churchill on the grounds.

I think Sir Winston's mother Jennie would be proud...don't you?
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Historical PLUS a look a strong woman behind successful men. Jennie pushes two prominent British politicians. Jennie was Sir Winston Churchill's mother. Jennie's DVD bio explains where Sir Winston got his own spunk and tenacity. The teenager-to-death lead role is a magnificent performance by a young Lee Remick. She was a star before she played Lady Randolph, but this is quite a tribute to her ability. She is the only cast member to be in all 7 episodes of "Jennie", thus almost single-handed pulling off the series' accolades, including winning BAFTA Best Actress.

A young Winston Churchill is played by Warren Clarke so well, you can see and hear the real Churchill, though the time span for this biography does not take Winston to his world prominence of WWII.

For Historical Drama, this DVD 2-disc series ranks a solid 5 stars. If you're after just romance, Victorian drama, and sordid aristocratic lives, then this might disappoint. Even so, 'Jennie' is a strong 4 stars for that type of entertainment too. There is a good bit of British politics involved in the Churchill family, of course, and it's included in this series along with the private life side. My wife declared this worthy of 5 stars only part-way into episode 2. Perhaps it's best described as a documentary-drama that's very hard to wait for between episodes. Originally airing late 1974, this period series is timeless, educational, romantic, entertaining, Victorian, award-winning costumes, performance perfection, and beautifully costumed Lee Remick through it all.

Subtitles ARE available. 371 minutes series total plus some bonus stuff.

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1 JENNIE JEROME-Paris, 1873.
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Lee Remick was one of the finest American actresses to emerge in the late 50s and 60s, and this well-known 70s seven-part miniseries based on the life of Jennie Jerome Churchill, the heiress wife of Lord Randolph and the mother to Winston, at first really promises to give her enough elbow room to show her abilities at their best. The first few episodes, where the mercurial Jennie is rapidly courted by the Byronic Lord Randolph and then has to cope with his strange family at Blenheim Palace, are terrific, and show you what a superb actress Remick really could be, especially when paired with an actor as fine as Ronald Pickup (later so memorable in the 80s miniseries FORTUNES OF WAR). The other actors that surround Remick are superlative, particularly Warren Clarke who seems to nail Jennie's eldest son Winston both physically and vocally; it's the screenplay by Julian Mitchell that really lets her down.

Jennie Jerome was the original for Lizzie Elmsworth in Edith Wharton's unfinished THE BUCCANEERS; her beauty and wealth made her acceptable to marry into one of England's most famous ducal families, the Spenser-Churchills, and her intelligence and wit made her a terrific political hostess, the champion of both her husband's and son's distinguished political careers. But Mitchell's screenplay doesn't really shape her life adequately to make it consistently interesting. The early episodes, showcasing her volatile first marriage to Lord Randolph, are the best; yet even here Mitchell often does not adequately explain why she so wholeheartedly supports her husband when he makes dreadful mistakes (such as blackmailing the Prince of Wales about his extramarital affairs through his wife.
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