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Lavish BBC costume drama The Aristocrats, based on the book by Stella Tillyard, told the story of the lives of the four great granddaughters of Charles II during the 18th century. The four were Lady Louisa (Anne-Marie Duff), Lady Caroline (Serena Gordon), Lady Emily (Geraldine Somerville) and Lady Sarah (Jodhi May).

Archetypal BBC period production of the period, big budget and full of top quality acting talent.

Cast: ANNE-MARIE DUFF as Lady Louisa Lennox; SERENA GORDON as Lady Caroline Lennox; GERALDINE SOMERVILLE as Lady Emily Lennox; JODHI MAY as Lady Sarah Lennox; ALUN ARMSTRONG as Henry Fox; JULIAN FELLOWES as Duke of Richmond; BEN DANIELS as Lord Kildare; DIANE FLETCHER as Duchess of Richmond; CLIVE SWIFT as King George II; SIAN PHILLIPS as Older Lady Emily; RICHARD DEMPSEY as Lord Beaufield; KATHERINE ROGERS as Princess Caroline; LEWIS JONES as Prime Minister; PAULINE McLYNN as Susan Fox-Strangeways; DIANA QUICK as Older Lady Louisa; SHEILA RUSKIN as Older Lady Sarah; JEREMY BULLOCH as Older George Napier; CARMEN DU SAUTOY as Older Mary Third Duchess

Writer: Harriet O’Carroll / Book: Stella Tillyard / Producer: Christopher Hall, David Snodin / Director: David Caffrey

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UK / BBC One / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 20 June – 24 July 1999 Sundays 9.00pm


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