Edwardians, The (1972)
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The turning points in the careers of nine Edwardian figures are explored in this 8-part series. Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce looks at the relationship between Mr. Henry Royce (Michael Jayston), the electical engineer who had just made his first car, and Mr. Charles Rolls (Robert Powell), a motor dealer looking for a reliable model to sell. Horatio Bottomly - Timothy West plays the financier, founder of John Bull, fraud and swindler. E. Nesbitt - Judy Parfitt stars as the author of "The Railway Children" who lived in a menage a trois with her husband and his mistress. Conan Doyle - Nigel Davenport stars as the author of Sherlock Holmes, who starts behaving like his character. Baden Powell - Is our image of the heroic Boer War General correct? This closer look at the founder of the scout movement stars Robert Moody. The Reluctant Juggler - A look at music hall performer Marie Lloyd (Georgia Brown) and her role in the 1907 Music Hall strike. Daisy - Virginia McKenna stars as the mistress of Edward VII, who became a convert to socialism. Lloyd George - The paradox of a government politician (Anthony Hopkins) who was a force for social change and a great negotiator but an untiring philanderer as well.]]>
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The Lloyd George episode covers a brief period in the domestic life of the future prime minister, a notorious philanderer, and his relations with his family. His political life is only touched on, more as a background story. Anthony Hopkins is superb in the role. The other great episode is about the music hall and ends with a number of popular songs by the wonderful Georgia Brown. The worst episode by far is the one with Virgina McKenna playing a scandalous courtesan in the style of Joan Littlewood's 'Oh what a lovely war'.
It is a great pity that the original color tapes have been lost, allegedly purged. I do recall hearing that the TV companies did reuse tapes of old programs as tape was expensive! It beggars belief that with the amount of money and effort spent on these programs, not to mention talent that is no longer with us, that they would be junked.Read more ›
I also get the impression they are not familiar with the fact that we are lucky to have these episodes at all now. The black and white episodes were "junked" by the BBC (look up "missing Doctor Who episodes" on the net for a good history of this unfortunate practice). All episodes of The Edwardians were originally recorded in color, but sadly only black and white copies of the middle four episodes survived the 1970s BBC purgings. This also explains the sound quality, but of course the DVD producers had the wisdom to give us the subtitle options too. (On a side note: color copies of "Conan Doyle" and "The Reluctant Juggler" have since turned up in New York, so we will hopefully see these on a future re-release).
Nonetheless, this is an EXCELLENT mini-series. We get the alternating friendly/antagonistic relationship between Rolls and Royce (Royce standing at Rolls' grave at the end is particularly moving); the ill-fated antihero Horatio Bottomley; E. Nesbitt, the eccentric children's author with a tragic personal life; an interestingly different angle on British detective shows with "Conan Doyle"; and a Victorian/Edwardian who's who with "Daisy." This release is absolute gold for those of us who love archival British television.
Disc 1 contains the episodes "Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce" and "Horatio Bottomley"
Disc 2 contains the episodes "E. Nesbit" and "Conan Doyle"
Disc 3 contains the episodes "Baden Powell" and "The Reluctant Juggler"
Disc 4 contains the episodes "Daisy" and "Lloyd George"
"Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce" portrays the dynamics of two very different individuals who collaborated to create one of the most prestigious names in the automobile industry. The first episode is actually one of the finest in this collection and definitely merits a watch. I had no idea who "Horatio Bottomley" was when I first watched the second episode. Apparently, he was a fraudster/con artist (but also a writer and orator who was also responsible for the establishment of the Financial Times newspaper). The actor who portrays Bottomley (Timothy West) does such a credible job that the episode engaged my interest. I loved "E. Nesbit" not only because I happen to like the author's works but because Judy Parfitt (an excellent actress) plays the title role convincingly and credibly. The episode also provides insights into Nesbit's domestic life, especially her open marriage to Hubert Bland.
"Conan Doyle" examines a real-life case undertaken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes - a case that eventually resulted in the founding of the Criminal Appeals Court in England. Nigel Davenport shines in the title role and this production is well worth watching for his performance as well as the interesting case portrayed here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot believe I wasted my money on this. I thought this would be about royalty Although Anthony Hopkins's performance as Lloyd George was wonderful (as usual), it was simply... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daisie Marshall
As noted, it's all B&W except for the first episode (on Rolls-Royce). It's very difficult to watch, apart from the grainy, washed-out B&W images. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Schubertfan
The Edwardians is awsum, the slow life of the rish from yrs gone by, infact the same time frame as The Downton Abbey family. Read morePublished 16 months ago by chip fortune
My wife and I watched this together,we both thought it was very good, its something from back in the 70's and it isnt glamorous, it isnt 100 million dollar production, we both love... Read morePublished 17 months ago by chip fortune
this turend out to be a history lesson! good though thanksPublished 22 months ago by middle american