UK / BBC One / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 30 April – 14 May 2006
Producers/Directors: Mary Downes, Tim Dunn / Writers: Sarah Woods (episodes 1 and 3), Colin Swash (episode 2) / Executive Producer: Kim Thomas
The Impressionists – in which Claude Monet (Julian Glover) looks back on his part in the remarkable story of the Impressionist movement – is based on archive letters, records and interviews from the time. It is a tale of poverty and a struggle for recognition, set against a backdrop of war and revolution.
But at the heart is a brotherhood of artists – bound by enduring friendships and a commitment to a new type of art – which survived rows, rivalries, duels and crises. For more details see the episode guide here.
Julian Glover as Older Claude Monet
Richard Armitage as Young Monet
James Lance as Frédéric Bazille
Charlie Condou as Auguste Renoir
Andrew Havill as Edouard Manet
Aden Gillett as Edgar Degas
Will Keen as Paul Cézanne