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The First Churchills

The First Churchills

TV Show
(Deadline: July 07, 2013)
On DVD: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Grand Prize
  • DVD Set - (PIC)

The landmark miniseries that launched Masterpiece Theatre

"Lavish period piece" —Los Angeles Times
"Humor, bawdiness . . . good fun" —The New York Times
"Rich in wit, lust, love, ambition, intrigue" —The Sunday Times (U.K.)

A tender love story played out amid the intrigues of the English court

At a time when most marriages were motivated by money and position, Sarah Jennings and John Churchill married for love. Their union lasted through long lives spent at the epicenter of political power in 17th- and 18th-century England. He was a military genius who never lost a battle; she was the intimate friend of a queen.

Based on Sir Winston Churchill's biography of his ancestors, the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, this addictive BBC drama follows the couple from their budding romance in the bawdy court of King Charles II through five tumultuous decades and five Stuart monarchs. Starring John Neville (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The X-Files) and Susan Hampshire (Monarch of the Glen, The Pallisers) in an Emmy®-winning performance, this classic miniseries helped establish Masterpiece Theatre as the venue for acclaimed British productions.

Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials.