Period drama series Flambards took us to 1909 when 16 year old orphan Christina Parson is sent to live at Flambards, the sprawling estate of her crotchety Uncle Mr Russell.
Christina finds some joy in joining the activities of the local hunt and makes friends with housekeeper Mary and groom Dick whilst she has a hate-hate relationship with her cousin Mark. She does find a sympathetic friend in Mark’s brother William though and over time the pair become closer before marrying and leaving Flambards to start a new life together in London. William as a flying instructor, Christina at the Chase Hotel.
As time goes on The Great War changes the world forever and eventually Christina returns home to Flambards – this time as it’s mistress.
Well remembered, Flambards was based on a trilogy of novels by Kathleen Peyton.
The dates below refer to Yorkshire and ATV, not all ITV regions chose to begin the series on the 26 January, some like Southern and Granada began the series one week later on 2 February with a double bill of episodes 1 and 2.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 January – 20 April 1979
Books: Kathleen Peyton / Music: David Fanshawe / Producer: Leonard Lewis / Executive Producer: David Cunliffe
Christine McKenna as Christina
Alan Parnaby as William
Sebastian Abineri as Dick
David Huscroft as Joe
Frank Mills as Fowler
Steven Grives as Mark
Gillian Davey as Violet
Edward Judd as Mr Russell
Carol Leader as Dorothy
Rosalie Williams as Mary
Olive Pendleton as Aunt Grace
1. CHRISTINA (26 Jan 79)
2. THE BLOODING (2 Feb 79)
3. ENTRY TO A NEW WORLD (9 Feb 79)
4. LADY BOUNTIFUL (16 Feb 79)
5. POINT TO POINT (23 Feb 79)
6. THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY (2 Mar 79)
7. THE EDGE OF THE CLOUD (9 Mar 79)
8. FLYING HIGH (16 Mar 79)
9. SING NO SAD SONGS (23 Mar 79)
10. NEW BLOOD (30 Mar 79)
11. THE PRISONERS OF WAR (6 Apr 79)
12. WHAT ARE SERVANTS FOR? (13 Apr 79)
13. INHERITANCE (20 Apr 79)