The Pallisers

BBC Two (ended 1974)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 26

    Part Twenty-six

    Aired 11/2/74

  • S 1 : Ep 25

    Part Twenty-five

    Aired 10/26/74

  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Part Twenty-four

    Aired 6/29/74

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    Part Twenty-three

    Aired 6/22/74

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Part Twenty-two

    Aired 6/15/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • Susan Hampshire

    Lady Glencora M'Cluskie / Palliser

  • Philip Latham

    Plantagenet Palliser

  • Anthony Andrews

    Earl of Silverbridge

  • Sarah Badel

    Lizzie Eustace

  • Roland Culver

    Duke of Omnium

  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Pallisers guide at TV.com. This epic length dramatization of six of Anthony Trollope's great novels-often called the best sequence of fiction based on British Parliamentary life-is one of the crown jewels of the Golden Age British period drama. The story follows the fortunes of the youthful Glencora and Plantagenet from the marriage that was forced on them through the joys and heartbreaks of both their personal and public lives over the years. Other characters, most notably Phineas Finn, come into their lives and the intrigue, scandal, loves and loss that each encounter adds depth and richness to the story. The BBC spared no expense on this production, thus, the acting, costuming, sets and locations are all extraordinary and help us move easily into this world of the Victorians. As episode after episode pass by we get caught up in the drama and passions of their lives. We look forward to seeing what will happen to them next and when the series comes to an end we feel a bit sad that they won't be stopping by anymore.moreless

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  • Quotes (17)

    • Plantagenet (about Glencora): But she is entirely frivolous.

    • Glencora: Which one of these two is more boring? Mr Palliser, of course: he has so much more to be boring about.

    • George Vavasor: What are the chances of a by-election? Mr Scruby: As high as Lord Bunratty's blood pressure.

    • Mr Grimes: Down here along the river we appreciate a gentleman who comes over quick with the stumpy.

    • Alice: Lady Glencora has the gift of laughter, which has always been hated by the poor in spirit and loved by the Gods. Plantagenet: I think Miss Vavasor has made a very true and honest speech.

    • Mr Scruby: If I may tell you the truth, Mr Vavasor, the simple, open unvarnished truth, the truth as round as my hat and as round as my elbow.

    • Plantagenet: There are some things, Duke, which are worse than death.

    • Duke of Omnium: I'll settle for a son, St. Bungay, a future Duke. I can do without the Exchequer for my nephew. Duke of St. Bungay: Let us hope your nephew will applaud your self-denial.

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    Notes (5)

    • Hayley Mills was originally cast to play Glencora, but discovered that she was pregnant just a few days before filming was to begin. A quick casting session occurred and Susan Hampshire won the role.

    • This is the only episode to not have the beautiful opening credit picture shown before the action begins.

    • Filming of the final episodes was hit by industrial action at the BBC, and the concluding two episodes were screened after a gap of four months.

    • Jeremy Irons is credited but has no dialogue in this episode. He is seen only in a long shot with Andrews, Frederick and Nicholls.

    • This is the only episode that has the words "THE END" before the closing credits.

    Trivia (8)

    • Plantagenet is obsessed with a decimal currency system. The UK would not adopt this system until 15 February 1971, just three years before this series was made.

    • The end credits omit the hyphen from John Glyn-Jones's name.

    • The Pallisers' London home is at 25, Park Lane.

    • The play that Lizzie and Mrs Carbuncle attend is called "The Noble Jilt".

    • The first time that Penelope's Keith's character's name is mentioned by Lady Fawn she calls her Flora, but from then on she is called Clara.

    • Sergeant Bunfit Bunfit gets his pronouns mixed up. After describing how the maid will have assisted a professional thief he says: "But no doubt he let her in, showed her where to go, and told her what he might expect to find."

    • Lynne Frederick's southern accent tends to wander between southern England and southern US.

    • Until now the Beer Garden has always seemed to be the Liberal Club. In this episode it suddenly seems to be overrun with Conservatives. The fact that Dolly Longstaffe and the stuffed bear that holds hats and canes are there mean that it is the same club that we have seen throughout.

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