Love For Lydia

ITV (ended 1977)


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Love For Lydia

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This thirteen-part series explores just how painful love can be for young people. Would-be writer Edward Richardson is in love with heiress Lydia Aspen and wants her all to himself. Lydia professes to be in love with him, but her first love is excitement. There are several other young men who vie with Richardson for Lydia's affection, and she sends mixed signals to them all, playing them off against each other, sometimes with dire results. At least that's the way Richardson sees things, but it's not the whole story. Total Run Time: 10 hours, 50 minutes ---------------------------------- Alternate summary: Adapted from the novel by H.E. Bates, the British miniseries Love for Lydia featured Mel Martin in the title role. A young and giddy heiress, Lydia spent the better part of the 1930s holding several eligible bachelors in her thrall. Meanwhile, long-suffering Edward Richardson (Christopher Blake), convinced that he'd be the heroine's one true love if only given the chance, stood quietly on the sidelines as the impulsive Lydia toyed with the emotions of his rivals. The 13 hour-long episodes of Love for Lydia were originally aired over London Weekend Television in 1977, then telecast in America as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning September 23, 1979 ----------------------------------------------- ======================== Trivia: The town of Evensford where most of the action is set is in reality the town of Rushden in the English East Midlands County of Northamptonshire ============================= Awards BAFTA Awards -- 1978 Nominations Best Costume Design May Tapley Evangeline Harrison Best Design John Clements Frank Nerini Best Film Cameraman Tony Maynard Jeff Shepherd Best Lighting Colin Innes-Hopkins Trevor Saunders =============================== Release dates UK -- 9 September 1977 USA -- 23 September 1979 ============================== Filming Locations Carew Manor School, Wallington, Surrey, England, UK Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (episode 5) Divine Mercy College, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK Finchampstead Parish Church, Finchampstead, Berkshire, England, UK Foxhills Golf & Country Club, Ottershaw, Surrey, England, UK (exterior of Aspen House where Lydia lived with her Aunts) Horsted Keynes Railway Station, Bluebell Line, West Sussex, England, UK (Evensford railway station) Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England, UK (town of Evensford) RAF Base Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK Silverlands Nursing College, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK Valelands Farm, Horam, East Sussex, England, UK Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England, UK (disused airfield used for the wintery skating scenes) ============================ DVD details Acorn Media AMP8648 Certificate: Not Rated Color - 650 min Released 9 September 2003 Available List Price: $79.95 Box Set =============================moreless