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The Pallisers: The Eustace Diamonds (3) (S1EP14 BBC Two 20 Apr 1974, Penelope Keith)

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The Eustace Diamonds (3): Lord Fawn’s sister continues to push him toward Marie in no uncertain, and very military terms. The banter between them is delightful. Tragedy strikes Phineas as his wife and child do not survive the birth. His father dies soon after. Lizzie throws herself at each of the men in her life in an attempt to enlist their aid in the peril that she is in. Frank and Lord George manage to avoid her. The court awards her the diamonds and she comes clean to the police. In a delightful twist the diamonds have gone missing in Italy due to the fact that the man who stole them hid them and then died of malaria. In order to regain power the Liberal Party decides to support tenant rights. This allow Finn to return to England where he is able to win a seat. He soon comes into conflict with Mr Bonteen over Ireland. In a mating dance as far removed from the one that Lord Fawn and Marie took part in as possible, Lizzie and Emilius decide to marry.

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

Guest Cast: Roland Culver (Duke of Omnium), Derek Jacobi (Lord Fawn), Barbara Murray (Marie Goestler), Máire Ní Ghráinne (Mary Flood), Donal McCann (Phineas Finn), Sarah Badel (Lizzie), Roger Livesey (Duke of St Bungay), Moray Watson (Barrington Erle), Bryan Pringle (Mr Monk), Maurice Quick (Collingwood), Anthony Ainley (Reverend Emilius), Robin Bailey (Mr Gresham), Penelope Keith, Denis McCarthy, Martin Jarvis, Terence Alexander, James Cossins, Iain Cuthbertson, Peter Sallis, Helen Lindsay

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

Airdate: 20 Apr 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 14

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