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The Pallisers: Phineas Redux (1) (S1EP15 BBC Two 27 Apr 1974, Anthony Ainley)

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Phineas Redux (1): Despite Barrington’s warning Phineas does go to see both Kennedy’s. Robert is crazed with religion and Laura, we come to learn, is a bit obsessed with Phineas. As the Duke of Omnium declines Lady Hartletop pays a visit. This confirms something that was only hinted at in episode one. The disestablishment of the church is the latest political hot potato. The Liberals support it, though slowly, but the Conservatives decide to push the issue. Mr Kennedy goes to the ‘People’s Banner’ to bring his conflict with Laura out into the open. He is now prepared to lie, and do worse in his need to force Laura back to him.. Lizzie finds that Emilius is absolutely the wrong choice for her. The Duke passes peacefully with Marie at his side. This is a bit of a disaster for Plantagenet as his ascendancy to the dukedom means that he must give up his beloved post as the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Duke has left Marie all his jewels and 20,000 pounds.

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

Guest Cast: Roland Culver (Duke of Omnium), Derek Godfrey (Robert Kennedy), Donal McCann (Phineas Finn), Anna Massey (Laura Kennedy), Barbara Murray (Marie Goestler), Maurice Quick (Collingwood), Lockwood West (Lord Brentford), Moray Watson (Barrington Erle), Clifford Rose (Quintus Slide), Donald Pickering (Dolly Longstaffe), Sarah Badel (Lizzie), Anthony Ainley (Reverend Emilius), Bryan Pringle (Mr Monk), Roger Livesey (Duke of St Bungay), Robin Bailey (Mr Gresham), Elspeth MacNaughton, Doris Rogers, Peter Sallis, John Richmond, Nicholas Scrivner, Andrew Tinney, Heather Garrison

Writer: Simon Raven / Novels: Anthony Trollope / Director: Ronald Wilson

Airdate: 27 Apr 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 15

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