The House of Eliott

BBC (ended 1994)




Episode Guide

    • Episode Two
      Episode Two
      Season 1 - 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 Twelve
      Episode Twelve
      Season 1 - 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
    • Episode Eleven
      Episode Eleven
      Season 1 - 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 Ten
      Episode Ten
      Season 1 - 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 Twenty-Nine
      Episode Twenty-Nine
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Jack's involvement with the Communist Party leads to trouble. Bea's pregnancy becomes increasingly difficult and when Jack goes on a distant jounalism job, her worries are intensified. A mysterious fire at the Bayswater workshop spells potential disaster for the House of Eliott. Tilly finds the death of William hard to bear. When she returns to work, all those around her express concern about her dejected appearance. Meanwhile, as Madge's marriage continues ot flounder, she finds companionship in Charles. There is a new arrival but things don't run as smoothly as hoped.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Eight
      Episode Twenty-Eight
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      The Aurora collection goes into production but the sisters are concerned about the quality of the outfits. Bea worries about her ability to be a good mother and Jack's flippant attitude towards fatherhood. Evie's friendship with impoverished artist Daniel develops and she is determined to see him succeed. Madge's marriage becomes increasingly troubled and Betty's husband faces the consequences of his violent actions. There is reason to celebrate but some tragic news brings a swift end to the party atmosphere.moreless
    • Episode Nine
      Episode Nine
      Season 1 - 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 Eight
      Episode Eight
      Season 1 - 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 Seven
      Episode Seven
      Season 1 - 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 Three
      Episode Three
      Season 1 - 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
      Season 1 - 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
      Season 1 - 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 Twenty
      Episode Twenty
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The newly employed cutter, Charles Quance, causes a stir in the workroom. Alexander confides in Jack. There is enough evidence of fraud to implicate Ralph Saroyan but after he confesses to more than that, the sisters are determined to have him arrested for murder. Alexander continues his affair with Evie unaware that their secret is out. As their marriage continues to flounder, Jack and Bea go to the cottage for the weekend. They finally come to an agreement about their future together.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Five
      Episode Twenty-Five
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      After living it up in the USA, the House of Eliott entourage returns to London. Some familar faces have gone and there are some new arrivals. Bea is concerned that nobody knows of Jack's where abouts and Alice's temporary replacement proves hard work. Meanwhile, Madge struggles to reunite with her husband. A young, struggling designer, Grace Keeble, sells the sisters some of her designs but they are livid when she breaks business etiquette. Larry Cotter tries to convince Evie to expand into ready to wear. A business associate from the USA, Donald, arrives and is obviously attracted to Bea.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Four
      Episode Twenty-Four
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Follwoing the success of their latest collection, Bea and Evie receive an offer to promote their designs in the USA. Evie arranges a reunion between Jack and some of his war time companions and he makes a film about World War 1. But as the film becomes a major chore, he discovers the distubing truth about his past experiences. Alexander returns determined to see Evie, much to the concern of Jack and Bea. As the sisters prepare to depart, Bea seems to regret some of the decisions she's made. Jack considers an offer of work in Germany but Bea suggests he goes with them to the USA.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Six
      Episode Twenty-Six
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Jack and Bea stuggle to forgive past grievances. Meanwhile, Donald continues to pursue Bea. The sisters contempate Larry's business offer. Grace proves to be a difficult but imaginative apprentice. Evie begins to socialise with her and is introduced to an impressive illustrator, Miles. Madge's marriage problems continue to escalate and the appearance of her brother Gerry adds fuel to the fire. When Jack's new film script is rejected by numerous studios, he asks Bea's advice. Could an evening spent chatting and reminiscing lead to a reconcilliation for them?moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Seven
      Episode Twenty-Seven
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      The ready to wear collection goes from strength to strength but Grace is not too happy in her designing role. When Katya is employed at the House of Eliott, it causes some animosity in the workroom.Tilly's purse is stolen and some wild accusations are made. Tilly's pregnacy takes a toll on her health. Donald makes a proposal and a confused Bea is forced to make a decision; will she choose Donald or Jack?moreless
    • Episode Thirty
      Episode Thirty
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Tilly's depression following the death of William deepens and Norman becomes desparate to save their marriage. Daniel and Evie make their relationship official. However, when Bea asks Daniel to paint a portrait of Lady Romford, he succeeds in ailienating those around him. Jack's involvement with politics take a major step forwards when he writes a contentious article on the living wage and working conditions. But not all his ideas are popular and his political career could come to an end before it's really begun. Grace becomes increasingly frustrated at her negleted desigining talents, especially after the successful launch of the Aurora collection. Madge and Charles' relationship results in a violent confrontation and an eviction. Something suspicious is going on at the Bayswater workshop.moreless
    • Episode Seventeen
      Episode Seventeen
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      When the House of Eliott designs the costumes for a contemporary ballet, Jack becomes jealous of Bea's close relationship with the choreographer. Could it be more than just work? The case of the earring that went missing after the Flora and Fauna collection is solved. Bea and Jack celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Tilly and Norman finally tie the knot. Joseph is exceptionally concerned about the state of the House of Eliott accounts and he questions the rationale behind Ralph Saroyan's financial dealings. Meanwhile, Ralph casts suspicion over Joseph's honesty. Who can be trusted?moreless
    • Episode Thirty-One
      Episode Thirty-One
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      When inferior copies of the Aurora collection go on sale in the shops, the House of Eliott lies in ruins. Can Bea and Evie expose those responsible, vindicate the House of Eliott and make up their financial losses? Charles' wife turns up and threatens to destroy his happiness with Madge. Jack's political activism continues when he is invited to join the Independent Labour Party. However, his involvement creates conflict with Bea when the House of Eliott is accused of worker exploitation in the press.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Three
      Episode Twenty-Three
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Bea and Evie decide on the financial future of the House of Eliott and Evie considers expanding in to day wear as well as designing couture. The sisters' business begins to thrive when they create costumes for a new stage production starring Dame Caroline Troy. Jack invites Bea to the premier of his documentary. Alexander's family begins to suffer as a consequence of his affair. He tells Evie some devastating news but will he tell her everything? Jack, Bea and Evie receive offers from an influential American film director, Elmer Jefferson-Hendry.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-Two
      Episode Twenty-Two
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Due to increasing financial difficulties, women from the workroom are laid off. Things are made worse when Maison Gille opens a successful fashion house. News of Alexander and Evie's affair reaches the press with dire consequences. Jack and Alexander want to assist in alleviating the House of Eliott money problems but will Bea and Evie accept? After the completion of his documentary, Jack finds himself growing closer to Emma. When Maison Gille offers to buy out the House of Eliott, the offer seems too good to refuse.moreless
    • Episode Twenty-One
      Episode Twenty-One
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      The House of Eliott business hangs in the balance after the bank's collapse. Elizabeth is determined to keep Alexander, despite his affair and the social consequences she is forced to pay. The General Strike takes place and brings challenges for many of the seamstresses. Jack directs a documentary about the social upheaval caused by the Strike and becomes close to his leading lady, Emma Casson. Bea struggles to come to terms with the break up of her marriage.moreless
    • Episode Thirteen
      Episode Thirteen
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Set in spring 1924. Bea and Evie consider a life changing offer from successful French Fashion designer Gille Caragnac and they travel to Paris to evaluate the proposition. A new appointment in the workroom, Florence Ranby, generates friction, especially with Tilly. When a surprise visitor turns up in Paris there is a reason to celebrate. However, only one sister returns to London to work for the House of Eliott.moreless
    • Episode Fourteen
      Episode Fourteen
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Evie returns from Paris determined to make the House of Eliott a commercial success. Newly weds Bea and Jack move in to his flat and begin a life of wedded bliss. However, their happness is disturbed by the arrival of one of Jack's old girlfriends who is intent on getting revenge for being rejected. Her duplicity has dire consequences for the House of Eliott. A sudden death results in financial worries for the business but a substantial inheritance for Evie. In the workroom, Florence continues to pressurise Tilly and makes her feel inept. In the park one lunch time, Tilly strikes up a new friendship.moreless
    • Episode Thirty-Two
      Episode Thirty-Two
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Betty's role in the production of the Crystal collection may mean that she loses her job. Will the sisters accept infomation about Larry and Grace's whereabouts in return for Betty's job? The House of Eliott business continues to suffer as a result of the recent scandal. Norman is at the end of his tether where Tilly is concerned and takes drastic action. Agnes discovers a hidden talent. Jack makes his first political speech to an antagonistic crowd. A weekend spent at a client of the House of Eliott's brings two announcements; one from Jack and one from Daniel.moreless
    • Episode Thirty-Three
      Episode Thirty-Three
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Madge wants promotion and Agnes follows her dreams. The House of Eliott designs an outfit for Lady Crowborough's mother, Lady Westlake. However, when she proves to be a difficult client,the commision is at risk. Jack wants to be a party candidate for the Independent Labour Party, but will he be chosen to stand for election in the face of such stiff competition? Evie asks Daniel's family to attend their wedding but her interference is not appreciated by everybody. Tilly, Norman and Daniel recieve offers of a lifetime. If they agree to accept them, it could change their lives forever.moreless
    • Episode Nineteen
      Episode Nineteen
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      An aggrieved Mr Ranby vents his anger on all those working for the House of Eliott. The relationship between Evie and Alexander progresses at a rapid pace but they run the fear of discovery. Joseph maintains his mission to destroy Ralph Saroyan's reputation and Alexander agrees to investigate further. Jack and Bea's marriage continues to deteriorate. When the Dutchess of Bridgewater begins to patronise the House of Eliott, gossip leaked from the fitting room results in a press scandal. Will the guilty party get the sack? Evie spends the weekend at the cottage but her solitude is interrupted by a late night visitor.moreless
    • Episode Eighteen
      Episode Eighteen
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      The dire House of Eliott finances continue to be a major concern and Joseph is determined to obtain incriminating evidence against Ralph. Jack's film premier is held at Montford Hall and the sisters are introduced to M.P. Alexander and Royal companion Elizabeth Montford. While Elizabeth begins to frequent the House of Eliott, Alexander and Evie find themselves attracted to one another. Jack and Bea's marriage becomes increasingly troubled. When Tilly and Madge go against Florence's instructions, it results in an impulsive resignation and a tragedy.moreless
    • Episode Six
      Episode Six
      Season 1 - 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 Fifteen
      Episode Fifteen
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      The conflict between Tilly and Florence continues to escalate. A familiar face returns to work for the House of Eliott, much to Florence's disgust. Bea casts doubt over Sir Desmond's honesty and becomes frustrated with the business' struggling finances.Evie spends the weekend at the Douglass home but finds herself in the middle of a family feud. As the Douglass' resolve their issues, with some intervention from Evie, their racing driver son James finds himself preoccupied with other things. As they are worried about how little time they have to spend together, Bea spends the day at Jack's studio. There is a high speed collision with a herd of cows, but are the consequences fatal?moreless
    • Episode Sixteen
      Episode Sixteen
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Evie and James' relationship continues to flourish but when he puts racing above anything else, she has second thoughts. An apprehensive Bea meets her mother and father in law for the first time. New inspirations result in a last minute change of direction for the new House of Eliott collection. Alice's lax professional approach is explained, much to Bea and Evie's horror. As Jack's involvement with the film industry goes from strength to strength, his marriage begins to suffer. Tilly has some exciting news and the House of Eliott has a very special commission.moreless
    • Episode Thirty-Four
      Episode Thirty-Four
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Evie and Daniel contemplate the Paris bursary and Tilly and Norman accept Lady Westlake's generous offer. Agnes' dreams come true, much to the surprise of some of the workroom staff. The venue for the latest House of Eliott collection is cancelled and there is a last minute rush to find a new, suitable location. Jack begins his political campaign against Conservative candidate John Crowborough. However, when things get dirty and the truth is manipulated, it has disasterous consequences. Miles' parents show a financial interest in the House of Eliott business, but will everyone be happy?moreless
    • Episode One
      Episode One
      Season 1 - 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
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