Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Francesca Annis ...  Lillie 13 episodes, 1978
Catherine Feller ...  Dominique 11 episodes, 1978
Peggy Ann Wood Peggy Ann Wood ...  Mrs. Le Breton 10 episodes, 1978
Anton Rodgers ...  Edward Langtry 9 episodes, 1978
Denis Lill ...  Prince of Wales (Bertie) / ... 9 episodes, 1978
Peter Egan ...  Oscar Wilde 9 episodes, 1978
Jennie Linden ...  Patsy Cornwallis-West 8 episodes, 1978
Brian Deacon ...  Frank Miles 7 episodes, 1978
Patrick Holt ...  Dean Le Breton 7 episodes, 1978
John Barcroft John Barcroft ...  Francis Knollys 7 episodes, 1978
Ann Firbank ...  Princess Alexandra / ... 6 episodes, 1978
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Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly drinks himself to death, Lillie embarks upon a sensational career as a somewhat talented yet beautiful actress in Britain and the United States. Throughout her life she attracts rich and sometimes brutal lovers, endures financial ruin and scandal, yet maintains her dignity, elegance, and a certain amount of her beauty until the end of her life. Written by <LACrosthwait@prodigy.net>

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More than 1,000 performers appear in the mini series, with 150 of them as principal characters. See more »

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[Oscar Wilde is carrying a lily.]
Oscar Wilde: I could only afford one bloom, and I told them it had to be the most perfect in all Covent Garden, as it was for you.
Lillie Langtry: And you carried all the way here?
Oscar Wilde: All the way on foot, and I hate walking. It was like a royal progress. As I passed down the Strand, I heard one pompous gentleman say loudly enough for all to hear, "There goes that bloody fool, Oscar Wilde." I bowed to him and said, "I am carrying this to Mrs. Langtry. Would you not gladly exchange places?"
Lillie Langtry: [...]
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Not by the BBC
6 April 2015 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

Here are just a quick few words in order to correct irish23 above;

This series was NOT made by the BBC but by the ITV (Independant Television) company LWT (London Weekend Television). LWT was a regional independent TV company which was financed by advertising and sales of programmes such as Lillie abroad. It only catered to the London area, but other regional ITV companies provided shows for other parts of the UK, such as Grampian in Scotland, and Tyne Tees in Newcastle. Unfortunately, the Conservatives de-regulated TV in the 1990s, and now all regions come under the "ITV" name.

The BBC, which continues to leech off its licence fee payers for revenue, made a series called The Dutchess of Duke St, about a similar female character making her own fame and fortune, without the aid of the men in her life.

Another ITV series was the far superior Upstairs Downstairs, which I seem to recall being repeated on Sunday nights in place of Lillie.


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11 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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