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The Pallisers: Phineas Finn (5) (S1EP11 BBC Two 30 Mar 1974, Sarah Badel)

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Phineas Finn (5): Christmas day finds the Kennedy’s arguing worse than ever. Laura has brought Chiltern and Violet together and they finally admit their love for each other. Monk finally declares the fight for tenant rights open. He has Finn’s support, tacitly at the moment so that Finn won’t lose his ministerial position too soon. Eventually Phineas fulfills his word to Monk and backs him up. This, combined with Mary Flood’s pregnancy, will remove Phineas back to Ireland and away from our story, for the moment. The Duke of Omnium makes his final play for Marie Goesler and she, again, manages to refuse him without losing his, or Glencora’s, friendship. At another garden party we are introduced to the delightfully wicked Lizzie Eustace. Before we bid farewell to Phineas, he saddens Marie, and rescues Laura from Kennedy by aiding her to leave with her father. As the episode ends the Duke collapses.

Regular Cast: Susan Hampshire (Glencora), Philip Latham (Plantagenet)

Guest Cast: Roland Culver (Duke of Omnium), Anna Massey (Laura Kennedy), Derek Godfrey (Robert Kennedy), John Hallam (Lord Chiltern), Mel Martin (Violet Effingham), Donal McCann (Phineas Finn), Bryan Pringle (Mr Monk), Máire Ní Ghráinne (Mary Flood), Clifford Rose (Quintus Slide), Barbara Murray (Marie Goestler), Moray Watson (Barrington Erle), Sarah Badel (Lizzie), Derek Jacobi (Lord Fawn), Donald Pickering (Dolly Longstaffe), Lockwood West (Lord Brentford), William Miller, Kenneth Benda, The Maljohns

Writer: Simon Raven / Novels: Anthony Trollope / Director: Hugh David

Airdate: 30 Mar 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 11

Show Info: Period drama series. The lives of various members of the wealthy Palliser family in Victorian times.