Pallisers: Set 1

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This historical dramatic series, produced by the BBC, explores political and social intrigue among England's privileged classes during the Victorian era. Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham) weds Lady Glencora (Susan Hampshire) in a match that has more to do with power than love as Palliser enters into a career as a member of Parliament. The supporting cast includes Anna Massey, Barbara Murray, Roland Culver, and Caroline Mortimer.
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This historical dramatic series, produced by the BBC, explores political and social intrigue among England's privileged classes during the Victorian era. Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham) weds Lady Glencora (Susan Hampshire) in a match that has more to do with power than love as Palliser enters into a career as a member of Parliament. The supporting cast includes Anna Massey, Barbara Murray, Roland Culver, and Caroline Mortimer.
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Barnes & Noble - Doree Shafrir
An epic period drama/soap opera, The Pallisers was an immediate hit in the U.K. when first broadcast by the BBC in 1974, and it caused a sensation stateside when shown on PBS in 1977 and 1978. Based on the novels of Anthony Trollope (an author known for trenchant observations of Victorian politics and the British upper class), the 22 episodes deal with the trials and tribulations of one of Britain's leading families, the fictional Pallisers, and their tightly knit circle of friends, relations, and associates. The first eight episodes in the series are now available in a four-volume set, with each tape or DVD holding two episodes. Volume One is a whirlwind introduction to the Victorian era in which Lady Glencora (Emmy winner Susan Hampshire) is forced into a loveless marriage with the boring Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham). The newlyweds travel to Switzerland on their honeymoon and encounter cousin Alice (Caroline Mortimor), who is hesitant about her engagement to John Grey (Bernard Brown) -- she might, after all, be in love with George (Gary Watson). Meanwhile, the Palliser patriarch, the Duke of Omnium (Roland Culver) is shown as a shrewd political manipulator. If it all sounds convoluted, think of The Pallisers as Jane Austen's Soap Opera: Austen fans will appreciate the series' attention to Victorian details, while even the most discerning soap aficionado will be drawn in by the melodrama and endless plot twists, chock-full of political sleaze, frustrated love, and upper-class snobbery. Love is in full swing in Volume Two, as Glencora tries to convince cousin Alice to marry for love, not money; Burgo (Barry Justice) attempts to reunite with Glencora; and the Palliser political machine kicks into high gear, with George gaining the Chelsea seat in Parliament. Meanwhile, Glencora and Burgo have a moment of passion at a society ball. Volume Three finds Glencora admitting her marital misery to her husband while poor Burgo pines; and the irrepressible John pleads with Alice to marry him. This volume also introduces the brash young Phineas Finn (Donal McCann), an MP from Ireland who is moving in increasingly prestigious social circles. Volume Four, the last in the re-released series, is perhaps the most politically oriented of this bunch, with command performances by McCann. His Phineas has his heart broken by the willful Laura (Anna Massey) in Episode 7; and gets into trouble with a moneylender in Episode 8 -- although he gets to prove his mettle in Parliament. Suffice to say, with only eight episodes here, there isn't much of a conclusion to the Palliser saga. So be on the lookout for the the remaining 14 episodes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • UPC: 054961408894
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  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Parts 1 & 2
1. Plantagenet's Friend
2. Glencora and Burgo
3. Duke's Wishes
4. Going to Alice's
5. The Engagement
2. The Wedding
3. Switzerland
4. Fencing
5. Glencora Adjusts
6. New Candidate
Side #2 -- Parts 3 & 4
2. Alice Visits
3. Entertaining
4. Meddling Again
5. Glencora's Illness?
6. New Engagement
2. Return to London
3. Alice's Money
4. Defending Glencora
5. The Ball
6. Burgo's Plan
Side #3 -- Parts 5 & 6
2. Love Declared
3. Grandfather's Will
4. The Decision
5. Truth Discovered
6. Leaving Town
2. Finding Alice
3. Glencora's News
4. A Helping Hand
5. Alice and John
6. The Christening
Side #4 -- Parts 7 & 8
2. More Entertaining
3. Sizing Up Finn
4. Loughlinter
5. Disappointment
6. Parliament Resumes
2. Finn Backs Down
3. Duke's Interest
4. Protestors
5. Helping Mr. Bunce
6. The Attack
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Menu

Side #1 -- Parts 1 & 2
   Play Part 1
   Play Part 2
   Scene Index: Part 1
   Scene Index: Part 2
   Special Features
      Susan Hampshire Interview
      Novelist Anthony Trollope
         Biography
         Archival Manuscript
         Pallisers Booklist
         The Trollope Society
      Also on DVD
   Acorn Media
Side #2 -- Parts 3 & 4
   Play Part 3
   Play Part 4
   Scene Index: Part 3
   Scene Index: Part 4
Side #3 -- Parts 5 & 6
   Play Part 5
   Play Part 6
   Scene Index: Part 5
   Scene Index: Part 6
Side #4 -- Parts 7 & 8
   Play Part 7
   Play Part 8
   Scene Index: Part 7
   Scene Index: Part 8
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anthony Trollope Where Have You Been?

    I have been waiting for years to see Susan Hampshire again in one of the BBC's most famous series ''The Forsythe Saga''. This PBS showing in the 1970's made Susan Hampshire one of my most favorite actress's to portray period-piece liteature. I recently purchased Anthony Trollope's ''The Pallisers'' a 4 DVD series and could hardly wait to see how the relationships would develop. The Special Features Portion especially the recent interview with Susan Hampshire 26 years after the series had first aired was as fresh and vibrant as if you were living in 1800 British society. The social lines so strict and almost unbreakable give us all a true glimpse of what it was like to stand in Parliament in the early days. More formal than American protocol, yet more spontaneous than our Congress, the history lesson is as compelling as the appreciation of the Palliser Dynasty in the making. A true Trollope fan forever I joined the Trollope Society based in New York City and am anxiously awaiting their newsletters, info etc... So anxious to purchase the second set of The Pallisers I ran out to purchase the next novel Phineas Finn from my local B & N store. If you liked The Forsythe Saga and Upstairs Downstairs you'll love The Pallisers. Thank God for DVD. Now all over the world we don't need special video equipment to view this wonderful BBC Production!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's finally available.

    I've been waiting twenty plus years for this. It's truly beyond words to describe my thoughts and emotions when I discovered last night that the twenty-six part ''The Pallisers'' is now for sale in VHS/DVD format. The acting is superb. The costumes and scenery are richly textured in the most intricate, painstaking detail. Character development is amazingly faithful to Anthony Trollope's Palliser novels. It's hello again to the whole gang: Planty Pal, Lady Glencora, the Duke of Omninun, Phineas, etc. What a wonderful way to spend a cold winter night during the Christmas holidays.

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