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Lost Empires 

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In 1913, young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted world of the British music hall. Travelling from one city to the next, assisting at ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Colin Firth ...  Richard Herncastle 7 episodes, 1986
John Castle ...  Nick Ollanton 7 episodes, 1986
Gillian Bevan ...  Cissie Mapes 7 episodes, 1986
Mike Edmonds ...  Barney 7 episodes, 1986
Ted Morris Ted Morris ...  Sam Hayes 7 episodes, 1986
Neil Boorman Neil Boorman ...  Ben Hayes 7 episodes, 1986
Carmen Du Sautoy ...  Julie Blane 6 episodes, 1986
Francesca McGregor Francesca McGregor ...  Nonie Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
Jean Marie Segal Jean Marie Segal ...  Gustav Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
John Ballanger John Ballanger ...  Andre Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
Larbi Slemane Larbi Slemane ...  Jean Colmar 5 episodes, 1986
Brian Glover ...  Tommy Beamish 4 episodes, 1986
Beatie Edney ...  Nancy Ellis 4 episodes, 1986
Emil Wolk Emil Wolk ...  Ricarlo 4 episodes, 1986
Anthony Newlands ...  Hubert Courtenay 4 episodes, 1986
Rio Fortune Rio Fortune ...  The Ragtime Three 3 episodes, 1986
Mike Mosebury Mike Mosebury ...  The Ragtime Three 3 episodes, 1986
Claude Walloon Claude Walloon ...  The Ragtime Three 3 episodes, 1986
Brenda Larenty Brenda Larenty ...  The Montanas 3 episodes, 1986
Miguel Miguel ...  The Montanas 3 episodes, 1986
Stephen Brigden Stephen Brigden ...  Bob Hodson 3 episodes, 1986
Jane Arden Jane Arden ...  Susie Hodson 3 episodes, 1986
Bruce Morrison Bruce Morrison ...  Ambrose 3 episodes, 1986
Mick Walter Mick Walter ...  Philip Tewby 3 episodes, 1986
John Asquith John Asquith ...  Esmond 3 episodes, 1986
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In 1913, young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted world of the British music hall. Travelling from one city to the next, assisting at conjuring acts and disappearing acts, Richard comes to know romance, politics, and high adventure. The next year, in a true and terrifying vanishing act, the guns of August blast away that world forever.

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24 October 1986 (UK) See more »

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Lost Empires See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Richard Herncastle: I have just this second agreed to be somewhere else.
Nick Ollanton: I must not have made myself clear enough the other night. You have only one priority while you work for me boy, that to do what I ask. Anybody else plays second fiddle, whoever she is.
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They Didn't Believe Me
Words by Herbert Reynolds
Music by Jerome Kern
First Published 1914
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Show Business, Music Hall Style, WWI
30 January 2008 | by clotblasterSee all my reviews

Good but not great depiction of travelling "vaudeville" in England just as WWI commences. The plot is serviceable, but the ambiance and the characters are outstanding.

A diverse group of show business performers are presented in all their individuality and also as a certain generalized type of performer and human being.

The atmosphere is dominated by a somewhat perverse, nasty and mysterious magician, who is Colin Firth's character's Uncle Nick. He is outstanding and sets the tone for the show. Firth is rather bland, but it should be interesting for viewers to see him act as a young man.

Anyone with in an interest in show business, even if it's just an historical interest, will find this series quite satisfying, though not stunning.


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