The Duchess of Duke Street - Series 1

ISBN 13: 9781569387689

The Duchess of Duke Street - Series 1

 
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Gemma Jones, Christopher Cazenove. This is the classic Masterpiece Theatre series about a plucky young Cockney girl whose unfaltering determination lifts her into the highest circles of British society. Created and produced by John Hawkesworth. Includes all 15 episodes on 5 DVDs. 1976/color/13 hrs., 1 min/NR/fullscreen.

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From the golden age of Masterpiece Theatre comes this beloved 1976 British miniseries by the creators of Upstairs, Downstairs. Gemma Jones gives a performance for the ages in this rags-to-riches saga that charts the ascendancy of the indomitable Louisa Trotter, who rose from scullery maid to become "the finest cook in London" and Edwardian society's premier hostess. Inspired by the true story of Rosa Lewis, who held court at her renowned Cavendish Hotel, The Duchess of Duke Street is the video equivalent of a good read. Immerse yourself in this lavishly mounted BBC production that impeccably re-creates a bygone era at the turn of the century and captivates viewers with the tragedies and triumphs of Louisa's story, which includes an ill-fated affair with the Prince of Wales, an unhappy marriage, and struggles with bankruptcy and ill health. But Louisa, Cockney accent intact, prevails as the reigning mistress of Hotel Bentinck. --Donald Liebenson

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10/10. Exceptional writing and performances. A real treasure. -- EInsiders

As gripping and entertaining now as it was then. The Duchess hasn't aged a bit. -- Blogcritics magazine

The Duchess of Duke Street evokes comparisons to the grand melodramas of Charles Dickens or Jane Austen with a hearty dash of Upstairs Downstairs. -- Film Monthly

The writing, directing, editing and performances are all first-rate. Like the best British programs, this one is addicting from the get-go, and both seasons are excellent. -- Deseret News

What an addictive wonder this series was. Once you start watching, you'll find yourself not wanting to stop. -- San Francisco Chronicle

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