The House of Eliott

Season 1 Episode 10

Episode Ten

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Aired Unknown Nov 02, 1991 on BBC
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The conflicts caused by contrasting designs for The House of Eliott collection reach boiling point. Jack tries to act as an intermediary. Aunt Lydia continues with her charitable work by agreeing to hold a summer fate. However, her dogmatic approach to organisation and poor social reputation create a problem. Evie finds artistic inspiration in the city museum. After Bea agrees to design costumes for a ‘bad taste’ fancy dress party for Lady Latner, Evie is infuriated. Penny offers Evie her spare room. Bea seeks comfort and companionship in Jack. Sir Desmond’s daughter pays him a visit and proves to be an effective mediator. Penny encourages Evie to reconcile her differences with Bea and reveals some of her past. Jack’s interest in photography wanes when he is given an opportunity to direct a film. However, his aspirations suffer a major set back.moreless

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  • jack and Bea finally get closer and Evie moves out.

    9.0
    This was a good episode. It brought to the forefront the conflict in attitudes for Bea and Evie that recurs frequently throughout each series. The whole debate about modern verses ‘traditional’ i.e. Evie verses Bea was great. Not only did Evie’s absence give Jack and Bea a long over due opportunity to get together, but Evie finally decided to try and get some independence. I could understand Evie’s frustrations completely, Bea doesn’t half nag sometimes. What on earth is up with Bea? Three times during this episode her age is referred to, inferring she is past it. Then, when she’s given a fantastic opportunity to get together with someone and leave behind her spinsterly ways, she decides she wants to remain just friends. Does she honestly think that she’ll get a better offer? Get a grip. Jack badgers her to have a social life instead of being obsessed with work, defends her designs when Evie attacks them and even confesses to being jealous over Philip White. I don’t think Bea is going to befriend anyone better than that. Aunt Lydia made me feel quite sorry for her. What started out as a humorous vignette ended up being quite tragic. I’m not surprised she turned to drink after even her nieces failed to attend her charity event. This social disaster does effectively pave the way for desire to change her life though. I do think Penny should stop telling Evie about her past, she’s got no idea about how her radical behaviour is setting social boundaries that will result in an awful lot of trouble for Evie in later years. There is a change in the pace of the series as there are numerous sequences with no dialogue, just non-digenetic sound. These help to recreate that 20’s feel more as they contain shots of cars, clothes and the setting however they do slow down the action. In this episode I felt there were too many of them. Tilly really should have gone to Specsavers. I love it!moreless
Damaris Hayman

Damaris Hayman

Lady Latner

Guest Star

Amanda Elwes

Amanda Elwes

Rose

Guest Star

Ian Michie

Ian Michie

Edmund

Guest Star

Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford

Lady Lydia Eliott

Recurring Role

Francesca Folan

Francesca Folan

Penelope Maddox

Recurring Role

David de Keyser

David de Keyser

Sir Desmond Gillispie

Recurring Role

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