Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill

ITV (ended 1974)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    A Past and a Future

    Aired 12/17/74

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    His Borrowed Plumes

    Aired 12/10/74

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    A Perfect Darling

    Aired 12/3/74

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Triumph and Tragedy

    Aired 11/26/74

  • S 1 : Ep 3


    Aired 11/19/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lee Remick

    Jennie Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill

  • Warren Clarke

    Winston Churchill

  • Thorley Walters

    Edward, Prince of Wales

  • Ronald Pickup

    Lord Randolph Churchill

  • Cyril Luckham

    Duke of Marlborough

  • show Description
  • This was a seven part mini-series based on the life of Jennie Jerome, the American heiress and mother of Sir Winston Churchill. Lee Remick starred in the title role for which she was nominated for an Emmy. The series originally aired in the United States as an installment of the long-running PBS program Great Performances after airing in Great Britain on ITV.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (96)

    • Jerome: You're getting to be a very clever young girl, Jennie. Does your mother know that? Jennie: Mother doesn't know anything.

    • Jerome: New York is where I happen to make a living. Clara: Yes, but we don't have to live there.

    • Mrs. Jerome: Girls, your father is beginning to be humorous. I think it's time we left him to his cigar.

    • Jerome: You're like your mother. When you fall in love, it'll be very dangerous. Jennie: For me or for the man?

    • Randolph (to Bertie): I'm sick of English girls. They're all so anemic.

    • Jennie: Well, what have you learned about me so far? Randolph: That you dance much better than I do.

    • Randolph (to Jennie): When Royalty takes the floor even aristocrats must stand and watch. Thank God.

    • Jennie: Clara, everytime you and mama meet a bachelor you see a husband.

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    Notes (17)

    • This episode first aired in the United States on October 8, 1975 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

    • Rachel Kempson was the mother of actresses Vanessa and Lynne Redgrave.

    • Barbara Parkins is best remembered by American TV viewers for her role as Betty Anderson Harrington on the 1960's ABC prime time soap opera Peyton Place.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on October 15, 1975 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

    • Michael Gough is best known to American movie viewers as butler Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman series of movies made during the late 80's and 90's.

    • Patrick Troughton should be familiar to fans of the classic British sci-fi series Dr. Who. He played the second incarnation of the good doctor on that series.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on October 22, 1975 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

    • Jeremy Brett is best remembered for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in numerous British TV productions during the 1980's and 90's.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Nitpick: the real Jennie Jerome had three sisters although only two appear in the series.

    • Alexandra, Princess of Wales and future Queen Consort of Great Britain, and Tsarevna Maria Fyodorovna, future Tsarina of Russia, were sisters from Denmark. Their two off-spring, British King George V and Russian Tsar Nicholas II, looked so much alike that they were frequently mistaken for each other.

    • This episode is correct that Lady Randolph Churchill disliked her in-law's ancestral home, Blenheim Palace. She considered it a dark and dreary place and spent as little time as possible there.

    • George Spencer Churchill, Marquess of Blandford, had his marriage to Lady Albertha Frances Hamilton annulled on November 20, 1883, a few months after becoming Duke of Marlborough upon the death of his father. In 1888, he got re-married to one Lilian Warren Price in New York City. This second marriage lasted until his death in 1892.

    • As was shown in this episode, Lord Randolph Churchill resigned from his high British government position as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1886 because of disputes with other Cabinet ministers over funding for their departments. He fully expected to be recalled into the government but this did not happen and he was a finished man in British politics even though he continued to sit in Parliament. During his final years, his mental and physical state deteriorated considerably probably because he was suffering from the effects of tertiary syphillis. He died on January 24, 1895. Ironically, his eldest son Winston would die on the same day in 1965.

    • It's long been theorized (but never proven) that Jack Churchill was not the biological son of Lord Randolph Churchill but rather the product of one of his mother's affairs. The younger Churchill never achieved anywhere near the public prominence of his father or older brother, Winston, but his daughter did go onto marry future British Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

    • George Cornwallis West married Mrs. Patrick Campbell in April of 1914 shortly after his divorce from Jennie Churchill became final. The couple remained married until her death in 1940. West died in 1951.

    • Montague Porch got remarried in 1926 to Donna Patrizi who died in 1938. Porch passed away in 1964 at the age of 87.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The life of Jennie Jerome, an American heiress who married Lord Randolph Churchill and gave birth to Winston Churchill just seven months later; she later married two men younger than her son.

    By orswel, Jul 09, 2009