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The Pallisers: The Eustace Diamonds (1) (S1EP12 BBC Two 6 Apr 1974, Bryan Pringle)



The Eustace Diamonds (1): The recovering Duke is buoyed by gossip of Lizzie Eustace and her diamonds. They have become a bone of contention between her and the man she is engaged to, Lord Fawn. He wants them to be in the care of the lawyers, while she insists that they will always be with her, as they were a gift from her late husband. Plantagenet finds the newly married Phineas a job in Ireland. Later the Liberals lose the election to the Conservatives. The Duke’s spirits are raised further by the return of Marie from Vienna. Lizzie’s barrister cousin, Frank, comes to assist her about the diamonds. She makes her feelings for him quite clear, but he is already engaged. Later we meet Lizzie’s new found friends, all of whom seem very dubious, indeed. As the episode ends we get to see the glorious necklace.

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

Guest Cast: Máire Ní Ghráinne (Mary Flood), Roland Culver (Duke of Omnium), Maurice Quick (Collingwood), Donal McCann (Phineas Finn), Bryan Pringle (Mr Monk), Sarah Badel (Lizzie), Barbara Murray (Marie Goestler), Derek Jacobi (Lord Fawn), Moray Watson (Barrington Erle), Anthony Ainley (Reverend Emilius), Leonard Maguire, Margaret Burnett, Olive Mercer, Helen Lindsay, Terence Alexander, Carolyn Jones

Writer: Simon Raven / Novels: Anthony Trollope / Directors: Hugh David, Ronald Wilson

Airdate: 6 Apr 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 12

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