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The Pallisers: The Eustace Diamonds (2) (S1EP13 BBC Two 13 Apr 1974, Martin Jarvis)



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The Eustace Diamonds (2): Lizzie receives her demand to bring the necklace to London for a final decision. On the train Lizzie gets several recommendations, mostly nefarious, on what to do with her diamonds. The overnight stop finds the safe containing the diamonds vanished, and a nice little mystery set up for our viewing pleasure. Lizzie, foolishly, reveals to Lord George that she does still have them, as she is simply trying to keep them from Lord Fawn and the lawyers clutches. After a night at the theater, Lizzie finds that the diamonds really have been stolen, and, although her maid is suspected, her previous lies leave her in a real bind. We meet the entire brood of the Fawn family and, quickly find Clara in charge of all. She directs Lord Fawn towards Marie Goesler, and he fumbles his way, gloriously, through a mystifying proposal to her. Glencora, beyond all reasoning, takes up Lizzie’s cause and pledges her assistance. As the episode ends Lizzie’s maid has been captured.

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

Guest Cast: Roland Culver (Duke of Omnium), Sarah Badel (Lizzie), Anthony Ainley (Reverend Emilius), Máire Ní Ghráinne (Mary Flood), Donal McCann (Phineas Finn), Leonard Maguire, Martin Jarvis, Helen Lindsay, Terence Alexander, Carolyn Jones

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

Airdate: 13 Apr 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 13

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