The House of Eliott

BBC (ended 1994)




Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Episode One
      Episode One
      Episode 1
      Set in the spring of 1920. Beatrice and Evangeline are left penniless after the sudden death of their frugal father, Henry Eliott. Undeterred by Cousin Arthur's controlling ways, they are determined to become financially independent. Evie applies for a job at a dance academy and Bea considers employment as a day companion. However, a chance meeting between Evie and social reformer Penelope Maddox, changes the sisters' lives for ever. As they pack away their father's clothes, Bea and Evie discover evidence of his dual life. Bea is determined to find out more.moreless
    • Episode Two
      Episode Two
      Episode 2
      Beatrice manages to organise Jack Maddox's photographic studio while he stuggles to come to terms with his war time experiences. In an attempt to eleviate poverty, Evie becomes more involved with Penny's mission. Evie also finds evidence of her father's adultery and tries to track down his mistress upon Penelope's advice. The sisters make their social debut accompanied by Jack and his friend Piggy and their clothes cause a stir. Evie makes a shocking discovery.moreless
    • Episode Three
      Episode Three
      Episode 3
      Evie takes a job at Partini's dressmakers. Bea meets Mrs Pearce (her father’s mistress) when she comes to the house looking for Evie. When Mrs Pearce finds out she was left out the will, she demands money for Henry's illegitimate son, Sebastian. In order to pay off the last of the debts Evie and Bea decide to sell the house and move in to a flat above Jack's studio. With some reservations Bea takes a job at Mrs Partini's. However, the sisters’ ambitions soon result in conflict. Piggy pursues Beatrice and Jack puts Evie straight on matters of the heart. Penny encourages them to develop their own dress making business with the help of Tilly Watkins. The arrival of an unexpected guest leaves Bea and Evie speechless.moreless
    • Episode Four
      Episode Four
      Episode 4
      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
    • Episode Five
      Episode Five
      Episode 5
      Evie learns some shocking news from Sebastian; he’s not who they thought he was. Her growing curiosity about him leads her to confide in Penny. Jack persuades Bea to take a chance with the Eliott establishment. Evie receives a gift from Arthur when he decides he wants to be more than her legal guardian. The New Year brings new resolutions as they decide to formally open 'The House Of Eliott'. However, they soon discover that finding financial investors is not as easy as they thought. Jack lends a helping hand. Arthur gets involved more deeply with the illegal goings on at The 25 Club and Daphne’s excessive partying begins to take its toll. Both sisters decline unwanted propositions.moreless
    • Episode Six
      Episode Six
      Episode 6
      Bea and Evie ponder their lucky escapes and Aunt Lydia is livid with Arthur. The sisters are reunited with Evie’s Godfather, Sir Desmond, who offers them moral but not financial support. As their business prospers they struggle to find the investments they need to expand. Jack gets involved in the film industry and is made a director of The House of Eliott. An embittered Sebastian swears revenge on Arthur with devastating consequences. The extent of Arthur’s duplicity is exposed after the police raid The 25 Club. Aunt Lydia finds herself shunned by society as a consequence of Arthur’s illegal conduct. The public scandal causes a mixed reaction from The House of Eliott patrons.moreless
    • Episode Seven
      Episode Seven
      Episode 7
      Things are hectic as the business expansion takes place and new staff are employed. Penny’s health begins to suffer as a result of overwork. When a criminal implicates Sir Desmond in some unscrupulous business practices, Penny rallies to his cause creating friction for all involved. Francine Baily, an actress, asks Jack to take some photographs for her portfolio and the sisters design a new wardrobe for her impending trip to Hollywood. However, when she absconds without paying, it appears to spell financial disaster for The House Of Eliott. Evie is attracted to both Sebastian and Hugo but her newly found independence disturbs Bea. Sebastian takes Evie flying and wants to take her to Paris. Meanwhile, Jack offers Beatrice some sound business advice and a shoulder to cry on. Madge makes an effective Head Seamstress but has problems with etiquette.moreless
    • Episode Eight
      Episode Eight
      Episode 8
      Sarah White commissions some outfits from The House of Eliott but when Beatrice realises who her husband is, it puts them all in a difficult situation. It emerges that Henry Eliott was instrumental in breaking up the relationship between Philip White and Beatrice some years ago. Despite being married, Philip is keen to renew their acquaintance. Bea contemplates reciprocating his advances. Jack begins to feel jealous about Bea’s rapport with Philip. Evie continues to grow closer to Sebastian and is determined to go to Paris with him, despite Bea’s reservations. Animosity between the sisters grows as they disagree about the different men in their lives. Sir Desmond acts as an effective mediator. Work at the mission continues to occupy all Penny’s time and Aunt Lydia decides to lend her a helping hand. Jack becomes disillusioned with the photography business. Hugo has car trouble and Evie makes a lucky escape. Sebastian makes an explosive exit.moreless
    • Episode Nine
      Episode Nine
      Episode 9
      Evie is tormented by the death of Sebastian and immerses herself in work in order to forget. When the sisters have a heart to heart they consider some ambitious plans for The House of Eliott. Tilly’s needlework begins to suffer as a result of ill health but she is loathed to reveal her problems. Madge becomes frustrated and considers employment elsewhere. Penny is assaulted but continues her exhaustive work at the mission. Evie celebrates her 21st birthday. When Penny's health begins to suffer, she discovers the source of Tilly’s problems and attempts to act as matchmaker for Jack and Bea. Jack is determined to become involved in the film industry. The first House of Eliott board meeting identifies some key artistic differences when they contemplate the possibility of showing their first collection.moreless
    • Episode Ten
      Episode Ten
      Episode 10
      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
    • Episode Eleven
      Episode Eleven
      Episode 11
      Bea and Jack spend their free time together. But as the collection draws near, they become increasingly frustrated as Bea is constantly busy and they are forced to be apart. Evie identifies the central themes for their ‘Nocturn’ collection.Penny’s dissatisfaction with her work and the new administrator becomes all too evident. When the mission holds a charity ball, Penny, Jack and Bea make some surprising admissions. Powerful fashion critic Victor Stride shows a great interest in the sisters’ designs. However his articles prove to be less than complementary. Madge takes on some extra work but will her moonlighting activities lead to trouble? Jack has another idea for a film and goes to Sir Desmond in search of financial support.moreless
    • Episode Twelve
      Episode Twelve
      Episode 12
      The sisters struggle to find an appropriate venue to stage their collection. They believe Yollande Homane’s fashion show is set to rival theirs.Victor Stride creates suspicion when he publishes an article praising The House of Eliott, contradicting everything he had written previously. Penny is disenchanted with her work at the mission. A lapse in security results in a public scandal when Yollande claims the Eliotts have stolen her ideas. Jack grows curious about the identity of his financial backer. Aunt Lydia decides to change her life.moreless
  • Season 2
  • Season 3