Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill

Season 1 Episode 4

Triumph and Tragedy

Aired Unknown Nov 26, 1974 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • Randolph (after Gladstone announces his support for the Irish Home Rule Bill): The Prime Minister surprises me. I did not think it possible to be surprised by him.

    • Kinsky: I'm sorry. I was being selfish. I was thinking how busy you'll be.
      Jennie: I expect I'll find a few hours free from official duties.

    • Randolph (to Jennie): I've got a tremendous new line for my election address, Jennie. The Liberals will never forgive me. I'm going to attack the Grand Old Man for being more old than grand.

    • Randolph (to Jennie): Our lives just don't seem to coincide as much as they once did, do they?

    • Randolph (about Dr. Keith): He's a splendid quack. Recommends holidays for everything.

    • Duchess (to Jennie): Economy was never your strong point, my dear.

    • Duchess: You must establish yourself as Chancellor before you begin to take on your own colleagues.
      Randolph: I can't wait for them all to die, Mama.

    • Randolph: Politics is gambling, Mama. The only difference is that the thrill is more and the prizes are greater.
      Duchess: That is not a very statesmanlike attitude, Randolph.

    • Duchess (to Randolph): People will never trust you if you're always against things and never for them.

    • Kinsky: Why fight it? Why not let Randolph go?
      Jennie: Because he's mine. I never give up anything that's mine.

    • Kinsky (to Jennie): You want more freedom than any man would willingly let you have.

    • Kinsky: I haven't stayed single all these years, Jennie, just to be one of your admirers.

    • Jennie: Randolph was never as jealous as you are. Even of you.
      Kinsky: Perhaps he should have been.

    • Jennie: You know, Winnie, I think you might turn out to be quite nice after all.

  • Notes

    • This episode first aired in the United States on October 29, 1975 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

    • Warren Clarke is best remembered by American moviegoers as the brutish droog Dim in Stanley Kubrick's classic 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.

    • Paul Ambrose, who played the young Winston Churchill in the previous episode, plays his younger brother Jack in this one.

  • Allusions