The Forsyte Saga (1967)

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The Forsyte Saga (1967)

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The Forsyte Saga so captured the imagination of end of the decade TV viewers that it inspired what is today known as the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to create a series called Masterpiece Theater. Originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1967, The Forsyte Saga crossed the "pond" in 1969, airing on Sunday nights. It not only inaugurated the arrival of the British drama to the US but also the dramatic form of the mini-series. Although sharing some qualities with the soap opera format, The Forsyte Saga had a beginning and an end and was never intended for more than one season. The story, roughly, is that of a large family in Victorian England. We see three generations of Forsytes struggle with love, money, and family secrets that will hang over them. The series can be safely divided into two sections thematically. The first half of the series focuses on the older generations of Forsytes while the second half portrays the trials of the younger set. The first half ends with the death of Young Jolyon who has up to that point, been the series narrator. The second half proceeds until the series finale and the death of Soames. The series, based on the novels of John Galsworthy, challenges us to examine our values. Can love drive us to want to possess someone else? Does a preoccupation with material things root out love and caring? These are the most fundamental themes explored in the series.moreless
John Welsh

John Welsh

James Forsyte

Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis

Jon Forsyte

Susan Hampshire

Susan Hampshire

Fleur Forsyte Mont

Kenneth More

Kenneth More

Jo Forsyte (Young Jolyon)

Eric Porter

Eric Porter

Soames Forsyte

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