Masterpiece Theatre - The Cazalets
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Its 1937 and the storm clouds of World War II gather across Europe. Tensions also simmer beneath the seemingly charmed lives of the Cazalet family. While this grand family saga commences during an idyllic summer at the Cazalets Sussex country estate, the years that follow will see birth, death, marriage, adultery, dementia, intrigue, and war play significant roles.
Acclaimed for its richly detailed production, talented cast and brilliant character depictions, this vivid and poignant family portrait revolves around the wives, lovers, and children of the four Cazalet siblings: hard-working Hugh, womanizing Edward, spinster Rachel, and the artistic Rupert.
Soon after Hitler enters Poland and England enters the war, the lives of three generations intertwine as devastating secrets explode like a blitzkrieg. Hardships invade with brutal reality, and slowly, the Cazalets decorum can no longer mask their problems. As both the country and family are splintered by war, the Cazalets must prove they have the strength to endure.
Based on Elizabeth Jane Howards captivating family epic, The Cazalets stars Tony Award®-winner Stephen Dillane (The Real Thing), Hugh Bonneville (Madame Bovary), Paul Rhys (From Hell) and Emma Griffiths Malin (Mary Reilly)
Top Customer Reviews
From the constant "brought to you by ExxonMobil" voice overs to the fireside-feel basic WW2 history blurbs delivered after each episode, there are additions in this version which are unnecessary and spoil the 'BBC Englishness' which I reasonably expected. (It seems odd that the history blurbs were not made into a separate added-feature, instead of being embedded in the episodes)
The Cazalets appears to be unavailable on amazon.co.uk, so any non-American buyers should be aware of the changes. If it weren't for them, this would be five stars - the sound and picture are great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as the books. I was surprised that the BBC would do such a half hearted job on the story.Published 22 months ago by scigmom
it came quickly and I am so enjoying this good saga. thanks so muchPublished on July 7, 2014 by mom
Unable to pass comment on this series as I purchased it for a friend who enjoyed it as far as I know.Published on April 7, 2014 by Annette Radocaj
My husband and I LOVE this program. It has fantastic acting,great characters,a lovely setting in England, and a storyline that moves swiftly. I hated for it to end! Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by stcroix
This is a very good product and most entertaining. I enjoy British productions and this one does not disappoint. It was well worth buying and watching.Published on April 3, 2013 by Reynaldo S. Palustre
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, but like so many others, was also thoroughly disappointed that it was never completed. That is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by maryodo
Set just before and during the Second World War, this offers a fix to Downton Abbey lovers, except it's the Cazalets family and not the Crowleys. Much fun.Published on February 17, 2013 by Yvart
I enjoyed the TV series based on The Cazalet Chronicles, but I would advise reading the books, too. The script for the series modified the tone and seriousness of some aspects of... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by L2B2
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