Daniel Deronda 2002


This always seems to be listed in the “the top” drama films on period drama.  I loved it and own it.  I can recommend a rental, at the least. There were any trailers made at the time, but a fan made one that seems to impart the feeling of the film.

The illegitimate son of a wealthy British aristocrat, Daniel Deronda harbors a secretive past and a ready supply of cash. But when he meets Gwendolyn, a beautiful woman in desperate need of money, things get even more complicated.

Hugh DancyRomola GaraiHugh BonnevilleBarbara HersheyGreta ScacchiAmanda RootDavid BamberAllan CordunerAnna SteelNicholas DayJodhi MayCelia ImrieDaniel EvansMichael AttwellEdward Fox

Writer: George Eliot



I Capture the Castle 2003

The novel takes place between April and October in a single year in the 1930s. The Mortmain family is genteel, poor, and eccentric. Cassandra’s father is a writer suffering from writer’s block who has not published anything since his first book, Jacob Wrestling (a reference to Jacob wrestling with the angel), an innovative and “difficult” modernist novel that sold well and made his name, including in the United States. Ten years before the novel begins he took out a forty-year lease on a dilapidated but beautiful castle, hoping to find either inspiration or isolation there. Now his family is selling off the furniture to buy food.

The widowed Mortmain’s second wife, Topaz, is a beautiful artist’s model who enjoys communing with nature, sometimes wearing nothing but hip boots. Rose, Mortmain’s elder daughter, is a classic English beauty pining away in the lonely castle, longing for a chance to meet eligible and preferably rich young men. She tells her sister Cassandra that she wants to live in a Jane Austen novel. Cassandra, the younger daughter and the first-person narrator of the novel, has literary ambitions and spends a lot of time developing her writing talent by “capturing” everything around her in her journal. Stephen, the handsome, loyal, live-in son of the Mortmain’s late maid, and Thomas, the youngest Mortmain child, round out the cast of household characters. Stephen, a “noble soul,” is in love with Cassandra, which she finds touching but a bit awkward. Thomas, a schoolboy, is, like Cassandra, considered “tolerably bright”.   …more





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Told from the point of view of his children, his long-suffering wife, and the men of his cabinet, the film casts an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family, and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought upon his private life.

Churchill’s Secret airs as a one-night television event on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 8/7c on MASTERPIECE, and stars Michael Gambon (Cranford), Lindsay Duncan, Romola Garai (Emma), and Matthew Macfadyen.




Daniel Deronda 2002

Daniel Deronda dvd poster


 Daniel Deronda 2002
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Victorian 1874
British TV mini
 Based on George Eliot’s novel about a love triangle gone awry, Daniel Deronda originally aired on television as part of the award-winning Masterpiece Theatre series. The illegitimate son of a wealthy British aristocrat, Daniel harbors a secretive past and a ready supply of cash. When he meets Gwendolyn, a beautiful woman in desperate need of money, things get complicated, as he’s already involved in a passionate relationship with a Jewish singer.

 Tom Hopper
Writer / Screenplay:
 Andrew Davis / George Eliot
Major Cast:
Hugh Dancy, Romola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Hershey, Greta Scacchi, Amanda Root,
Film Locations:
  • Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
    (Quentcham Hall)
  • Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    (Jewish market scenes)
  • Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England, UK
    (The Abbey)
  • Goldsmith’s Hall, London, England, UK
    (casino interiors)
  • Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK
    (Lydia Glasher’s home)
  • Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK
    (horseback riding and hunt scenes)
  • Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK
  • London, England, UK
  • Malta
  • Somerset, England, UK
  • Surrey, England, UK
  • Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
    (Henleigh Grandcourt’s estate interiors)
  • Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    (casino exteriors)
  • West Wycombe Park, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    (Henleigh Grandcourt’s estate)
  • Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
    (Ryelands’ estate exteriors)

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Hugh Dancy as Daniel Deronda

hugh bonneville daniel deronda