Fortunes of War

October 1940

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 11/1/87
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  • Episode Description
  • A despondent Harriet arrives in Athens and is overjoyed to see a familiar face. Yakimov and Harriet both pleased to find employment at the British Information Office but when an old aquaintance begins to work there, the mood turns sour. Guy applies for a lecturing post at the English School however he is dismayed to find he's not the first in the queue. As Guy and Harriet become increasingly estranged, she finds companionship in Charles Warden, a serving officer. An embittered friend suddenly reappears. When Athens comes under enemy fire, a cigarette during the blackout results in a tragedy.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ronald Pickup

    Prince Yakimov

  • Christopher Strauli

    Toby Lush

  • Mark Drewry


  • Alan Bennett

    Lord Pinkrose

  • Charles Kay


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Pinkrose on his infamous Byron lecture. Alan: I’ve arranged a date for your lecture on Byron. Pinkrose: What lecture on Byron? Alan: Yours. Pinkrose: I can’t possibly give a lecture on Byron when the Germans are likely to march in to the city at any moment. Yakimov:Could be a formidable last line of defence.

    • Gracy looks for good story. Gracy: You must tell me about your escape from Bucharest. Harriet:Urm, I flew out in an aeroplane, and a few days later, Guy flew out, in an aeroplane. Gracy: Intrepid.

    • Some wishful thinking. Guy: Where are Pinkrose, Lush and Dubedat? Harriet: Probably been wafted to Cairo on a current of their own hot air.

    Trivia (3)

    • Guy asks Harriet if she thinks he'll be able to persuade Pinkrose to say, Sam, Sam, pick up thy musket. He is considering asking Pinkrose to recite a monologue by RSM Lord, a former Grenadier Guard. It was made famous by Stanley Holloway.

    • Guy tells Harriet that it was just as well they left Bucharest as their flat was destroyed by an earthquake. An earthquake occured there on November 10th, 1940.

    • Both Frewin and Harriet quote Eucleides of Megara, the Greek philosopher and a disciple of Socrates in this episode. They say the Greek soldiers are, daring beyond their power, they risk beyond reason and they never lose hope as they leave for war.

    Allusions (2)

    • Harriet says the soldiers left, looking like a Greek Adonis. She is rererring to the Greek God whose name is synonymous with extremely attractive, youthful males.

    • A disgruntled Prince Yakimov tells Byron obsessed Lord Pinkrose that he should go to Missolonghi and die. This refers to the town in Greece where Byron died of a fever in 1824.

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