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The Pallisers: The Duke’s Children (2) (S1EP26 BBC Two 2 Nov 1974, Jeremy Irons)

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The Duke’s Children (2): Glencora’s health is of concern to all (including us as viewers). She is determined to make sure that her children, especially Mary, have the ability to control their own future. Nothing can stop her passing, but she is among those who love her, and gets to bid each a special farewell to each, almost. Several months have passed since the funeral. Mary returns from a trip, with Marie, to the continent. Mrs Finn is convinced that Mary pines for something more than she can provide but the Duke convinces her to stay. Marie knows that the Duke must be told, but Mary understands that Frank must ask her father first. Silverbridge proposes to Isabel and she insists that he tell his father before she can give her answer. The Duke can barely deal with these two circumstances. Just when it looks like he will be defeated by his children’s desires, Marie helps to remind him that they are Glencora’s children also, and they deserve to achieve their hearts desire.

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

Guest Cast: Anthony Andrews (Earl of Silverbridge), Barbara Murray (Marie Goestler), Kate Nicholls (Lady Mary), Roger Livesey (Duke of St Bungay), Maurice Quick (Collingwood), Jeremy Irons (Frank Tregear), Donald Pickering (Dolly Longstaffe), Michael Cochrane, Donald Bisset, John Richmond, Lynne Frederick, Anna Carteret, Basil Dignam

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

Airdate: 2 Nov 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 26

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