The Fall of Eagles

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The Fall of Eagles

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Fall of Eagles was a 13-part British television drama aired by the BBC in 1974. Created by John Elliot and produced by Stuart Burge, the series portrays historical events, from 1848 to 1918, which deal with the ruling dynasties of Europe in Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia. The series features an impressive case, including stand-out performances from Patrick Stewart as Lenin, Curt Jurgens as Bismarck and Freddie Jones as Count Witte, among several others. This ambitious series captivates the audience by depicting the years of revolution, in which the well cemented monarchies of central and eastern Europe slowly disintegrate. However, the show does not attach any sentiments with royalty or the happenings in wake of its collapse. The show was scripted by Keith Dewhurst, John Elliot, Trevor Griffiths, Elizabeth Holford, Ken Hughes, Troy Kennedy Martin, Robert Muller, Jack Pulman, David Turner and Hugh Whitemore. The show was subsequently released on video and DVD in 2004 in the United Kingdom, with further details on the historical events and characters in the series.

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  • A lavish series depicting the long, slow, but absolute collapse of three European royal houses - the Hapsburgs, the Hohenzollerns and the Romanovs - who all had eagles on their royal crests.moreless

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    Stretching from 1848, the "year of revolutions", to the end of the First World War seventy years later, this extremely ambitious series showed the BBC Drama Department at its finest. The once-secure monarchies of central and eastern Europe slowly disintegrate in front of us, and it's hard, if not impossible, to feel that they didn't deserve it; but if there's no sentimentality about royalty, there's also a pretty hard-eyed look at what was to follow these pompous anachronisms. In an all-star cast, there are stand-out performances from Patrick Stewart as Lenin, Curt Jurgens as Bismarck and Freddie Jones as Count Witte, as well as several future stars in smaller roles - Michael Kitchen, Tom Conti, John Rhys-Davies and Miriam Margolyes amongst them.moreless

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