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Lillie: America! (S1EP9 ITV 19 Nov 1978, Michael J. Shannon)



America!: In America, Lillie is cheered and celebrated wherever she goes. Although some critics offer harsh words regarding Lillie’s stage debut, fashionable crowds pack the theatre each night. A rich, young American Freddie Gebbard, has taken to squiring Lillie, but as the show tours America, scandal follows. News reports accuse Freddie and Lillie of “immoral behavior”. Undeterred, Lillie triumphs, attracting an ever-growing legion of fans. Back in England, the acting star causes yet another stir–this time with her own production, appropriately titled, “School for Scandal”.

Regular Cast: Francesca Annis (Lillie Langtry), Anton Rodgers (Edward Langtry)

Guest Cast: Peter Egan (Oscar Wilde), Denis Lill (Bertie), Catherine Feller (Dominique), Peggy Ann Wood (Mrs Le Breton), Philip York (Moreton Frewen), Annette Crosbie (Henrietta Labouchere), Michael J. Shannon (Freddie Gebhard), Garrick Hagon (Bury Dasent), Norwich Duff (Second Reporter), Patrick Holt (Dean Le Breton), Jerry Harte, Richard Parmentier, Tony Sibbald, George Roubicek, Toria Fuller, Stephanie Cole, Gregg Mandell, William Hootkins, Gilbert O’Brien, Barry Justice, Tony Mathews, Amanda Boxer, Emma Allum

Writer: John Gorrie / Director: John Gorrie

Airdate: 19 Nov 1978 on ITV

Series: Lillie Season 1 Episode 9

Show Info: Thirteen part period drama serial made by London Weekend Television for ITV. The life of actress Lillie Langtry, who had a scandalous affair with Edward, Prince of Wales and associated with the likes of Wilde and Whistler.