Portrait of a Marriage took us to the ’20s and ’30s where diplomat and politician Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, novelist, poet and creator of the world-famous garden at Sissinghurst in Kent, are part of the Bloomsbury set. Theirs is an unconventional marriage: Harold has affairs with men, Vita with women.
Filmed in Britain and France this true story stars Janet McTeer as Vita, David Haig as Harold and Cathryn Harrison as Violet. It is based on Vita’s own diaries and a book by Harold’s son Nigel, and won the Grand Prize at Banff as well as three British Academy Awards.
UK / BBC Two – TVNZ – WGBH / 4×55 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 September – 10 October 1990
Writer: Penelope Mortimer / Book: Nigel Nicolson / Music: Barrington Pheloung / Director: Stephen Whitaker
JANET McTEER as Vita Sackville-West
CATHRYN HARRISON as Violet Keppel
DAVID HAIG as Harold Nicolson
HAZEL DOUGLAS as Landlady
SAM BEAZLEY as Lady Carnock
JEAN-PIERRE BLANCHARD as Maitre ‘D
KATHLEEN BYRON as Lady Carnock
PETER BIRCH as Denys Trefusis
CHRISTOPHER WALKER as Ben Nicolson
ALEXANDER PEARCE as Nigel Nicolson
MARK TANDY as Reggie Cooper
DIANA FAIRFAX as Lady Sackville