The House of Eliott

Season 1 Episode 4

Episode Four

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Aired Unknown Sep 21, 1991 on BBC
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Sebastian tries to ingratiate himself with the sisters but gets a mixed response. A visit to Arthur reveals his mercenary motives. Aunt Lydia learns of Sebastian’s existence in an explosive confrontation. The 25 Club gets a new business partner through some dubious financial investments. Jack acquires a new secretary as Beatrice and Evangeline begin to work for Mr. Duroqu, a Mayfair couturier. However as the sisters help Mr. Duroqu stage his autumn collection, Tilly is left feeling abandoned. Some clandestine activities create tension in the workplace.moreless

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  • Deceptions, disclosures and Duroqu.

    9.2
    This episode has another one off employment opportunity destroyed through the growing sisters’ drive and ambition. However, It’s not a complete replay of Mrs. Partini’s. I think Colin Jeavons plays the character of Duroqu excellently. Arrogance and affected suavity; what a combination. He has such gusto that I end up focusing on him in every scene he’s in. Beatrice proved herself to be a very hard businesswoman. I couldn’t believe she was prepared to push for more money after Mrs. Partini had just sacked her for doing just that. But it just goes to show, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Bea is actually quite intimidating in those situations. To call her a ‘hedgehog’ was an understatement on Evie’s part, a porcupine would have perhaps been more apt. You could even stretch it to a sulphuric acid shop. When she took up Evie’s cause and confronted Mr. Duroqu about the designs, I thought she was going to clout him. Evie was obviously disgruntled when she discovered her designs in Duroqu’s autumn collection and it makes me wonder why she’s so unsympathetic towards Grace Keeble in subsequent seasons. Perhaps she’d forgotten how it felt. I really don’t like Sebastian, the character is quite repulsive. I do understand that that is his role, so I guess it’s excellent acting. I’m not sure if we were supposed to feel sympathetic about him being left out of Henry Eliott’s will or not, I certainly wasn’t. I was even siding with Arthur, and that’s a first for me, when Sebastian was making his demands. However, Arthur clearly isn’t quite the ‘worldly wise’ gentleman we all thought he was. How he missed Peter Lo Ching’s explanation that the new investment would come from drug money, I’ve no idea. Arthur missed the blatant sub-text of Mr. Ching’s references to business interests all over the world from shipping to agriculture. He’s more naïve than Evie. Mary, although only briefly in this episode is a star! Jack got his just desserts for employing an attractive but inept secretary. The way she flounces about the office is classic. The finest moment of the episode has to go to Beatrice’s destruction of afternoon tea at aunt Lydia’s. Fantastic!



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Cathy Murphy

Cathy Murphy

Tilly Watkins

Stella Gonet

Stella Gonet

Beatrice 'Bea' Eliott

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Evangeline 'Evie' Eliott

Aden Gillett

Aden Gillett

Jack Maddox

Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver

Mary

Guest Star

Robert Daws

Robert Daws

Piggy Garstone

Guest Star

Colin Jeavons

Colin Jeavons

Duroque

Guest Star

Peter Birch

Peter Birch

Arthur Eliott

Recurring Role

Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford

Lady Lydia Eliott

Recurring Role

Kelly Hunter

Kelly Hunter

Daphne Haycock

Recurring Role

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