The House of Eliott

BBC (ended 1994)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Episode Thirty-Four

    Aired 3/6/93

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Episode Thirty-Three

    Aired 2/27/93

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    Episode Thirty-Two

    Aired 2/20/93

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Episode Thirty-One

    Aired 2/13/93

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Episode Thirty

    Aired 2/6/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Cathy Murphy

    Tilly Watkins

  • Louise Lombard

    Evangeline 'Evie' Eliott

  • Stella Gonet

    Beatrice 'Bea' Eliott

  • Aden Gillett

    Jack Maddox

  • Judy Flynn

    Madge Howell

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the 'House of Eliott' guide. Stella Gonet (Beatrice) and Louise Lombard (Evangeline) star in this BBC 1991-1993 period drama set in the 1920's. It is primarily about two sisters who, after years of strict rules set by their over bearing father, find themselves out on their own and living by new rules. It charts their struggle to assert their newly discovered independence and establish a successful fashion house in post war London. Their personal and professional journey is aided and abetted by Aden Gillet as the fun loving Jazz Age photographer Jack Maddox. The series was written by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, the creators of 'Upstairs Downstairs', and uses interwoven storylines to explore the daily lives of the Eliott sister's friends and workroom staff.moreless

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  • Quotes (55)

    • Jack evaluates who would make the better receptionist, Bea or Evie. Jack : (Looking at Evie) On the minus side, you’d drive away all of my old trouts and I’d be bankrupt within a year. You’re much too young and much too pretty for the job Evangeline. (Looking at Beatrice) You’d do though.

    • (Aunt Lydia identifies the cause of society’s moral decline) Lydia: Of course you’re right to be concerned Arthur. An impressionable gel like Evangeline should be kept in check. Trousers today, Lord knows what tomorrow. When one hears what some of these creatures get up to, brazen young things with no sense of modesty. The backless dress has much to answer for.

    • (Jack describes Penny’s hectic social life) Jack: She (Penny) blew in, flogged me some tickets for a charity ball, downed a quick glass and then shot off to some meeting for emancipated vagrants, or was it homeless feminists?

    • (Aunt Lydia surveys those in attendance at the opera) Lydia: Can you see Elizabeth Harvey? She spends all that money on clothes and still manages to look cheap. No doubt her latest young man has told her that bad taste is all the rage.

    • (Mrs. Partini describes Evie's design flair to Beatrice) Mrs Partini: She takes half an inch off a hem and thinks she's Coco Chanel.

    • (Evie describes society's problems) Evie : Even the best people get into fights at parties Mrs. Partini.

    • (Aunt Lydia expresses her discontent at Arthur’s sudden change to their social arrangements) Lydia:You can’t possibly let your secretary interfere with my Mozart. Quite absurd.

    • (Jack gives Mary some advice on work ethics) Jack: Come on princess, move over, this is art. Go and tidy something for five minutes. Mary: It’s Sunday. Jack: Well, tidy it respectfully then.

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    Notes (8)

    • Although the series is set in London, it was actually filmed in Bristol, Avon, England, UK. Other locations used included Ugbrooke Park in Devon, and Goldney Hall in Bristol.

    • Joan Wadge won a Costume Design BAFTA and an Emmy award for her work on the show.

    • The series was shot on video using the multi-camera method. This enabled them to film from numerous angles at one time. This process is no longer widely used. Each episode was rehearsed for a week and a half and took a week and a half to film.

    • Actor Aden Gillet is married to Sara Stewart, the actress who plays Francine Baily in this episode.

    • This second series of The House Of Eliott attracted in excess of ten million viewers each week when it was first shown on BBC1 in 1992.

    • The cast and crew spent two months filming this episode on location in Paris.

    • To ensure they achieved the authentic look of 1924 Paris, filming took place at the Gare de L'Est at 3.30 am on a Sunday morning in order to avoid all modern cars and pedestrians.

    • This episode ends on a cliff hanger; there is no resolution about the future of the House of Eliott business. The studios where the BBC filmed the series burned down and no plans where made to begin production in the new premises. This is often cited as the cause for the 'unresolved' resolution.

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    Trivia (30)

    • Although we hear Dr.Henry Eliott speak, an actor never appears on screen. It is stated by Evie that Bea is 30 years old, which would mean she was born in 1890.

    • Jack explains that he has been with Hugh, a friend dying from his war wounds. See Series 2 episode 12.

    • Daphne sings You'd Be Surprised by Irving Berlin at the 25 Club.

    • In this epiosode, Tilly makes her first complaint about her poor eyesight.

    • Minni Driver makes an appearance as Jack’s self obsessed secretary, Mary. Robert Kwok (Cato from The Pink Panther) appears in this episode as the new partner in The 25 Club.

    • This episode takes place at Christmas/New Year 1920 / 1921.

    • When Evie and Penny leave the cinema, there is a poster promoting ‘The Sheik’ starring Rudolph Valetino. The film was released in 1921, but New Year celebrations to mark the end of 1920 don’t even take place later in this episode. Early film promotion or contextual error?

    • When Bea is getting ready to go out with Piggy, she puts one earing in. When she goes to open the door to Daphne she has two earings in. But when she follows Daphne in to the lounge the second earing is gone.

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    Allusions (16)

    • Wilfred Owen ( 1893-1918) is a famous World War One poet. His work caused controversy as it was written at time when when soldiers and war were glorified through propoganda. His poems reflect the realities of battle.

    • Marie Stopes (1880-1958) was a birth control campaigner. The first clinic she founded was in London in 1921. 'Married Love' was written in 1918.

    • The Fabian Society was a socialist organization founded in 1884. Its aims were to create a socialist state through a series of reforms. Members included George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice and Sydney Webb.

    • Fraudster Mr. Fox tries to pass off Shakespeare's Sonnet number 18 off as his own work; 'Shall I Compare thee to a summer's day?'

    • Beatrice asks Constance's husband if the painting she is looking at is a Sisley. She is referring to the 19th Century French painter who was a key member of the Impressionist movement.

    • Evie is inspired to use dancers to model thier latest collection because she watched The Ballets Russes in Paris. She is referring to the company that was founded by Sergei Diaghilev in 1909. They were the first group to perform this style of ballet in the West. The British ballet, initiated by Marie Rambert, was not established until 1926, a couple of years after this episode is set. It's no wonder Evie is so taken a back by the perfomance she saw in Paris.

    • Anne says, A nation that cannot afford food and clothing for its children cannot be allowed to pass for a wealthy nation because it has provided a pretty coffin for a dog. She is quoting George Bernard Shaw's 1897 play 'The Man of Destiny'.

    • Peter tells Bea and Evie that the music for the ballet he is creating was influenced by Stavinsky. He is referring to the Russian composer who worked with Daghilev and the Russian Ballet on numerous occasions. Some of his most notable productions include: The Firebird in 1910, Petrushka in 1911 and The Rite of Spring in 1913.

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