Starring: Colin Firth , Sir Laurence Olivier
Directed by: Alan Grint
Produced by: June Howson
Written by: Ian Curteis
Past and future Best Actor Oscar® winners meet in this haunting mini-series set on the eve of the Great War. Eager to see more of the world, Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth, The King's Speech) joins his uncle's travelling troupe of singers, dancers, acrobats, jugglers and comedians, including one long past his prime (Sir Laurence Olivier, Hamlet).
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Past and future Best Actor Oscar® winners meet in this haunting mini-series set on the eve of the Great War. Eager to see more of the world, Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth, The King's Speech) joins his uncle's travelling troupe of singers, dancers, acrobats, jugglers and comedians, including one long past his prime (Sir Laurence Olivier, Hamlet). Nominated for six BAFTA® Awards. Seen on Masterpiece.
New arrival Richard makes an immediate impact on the other members of the act, especially the women. Hired as a stage assistant, he soon begins performing roles. But just as Richard embraces the limelight, one of his colleagues decides he can't take it anymore.
Uncle Nick's conjuring skills are put to the test when an on-the-run suffragette leader asks for his help-to make her disappear before the police can arrest her. Much to Richard's distress, an attractive young singer named Nancy Ellis plans to vanish as well.
Richard turns his attentions to another woman in the act-or rather, she turns her attentions to him. An older woman with a mysterious past, Julie Blane displays more than a few warning signs. Richard has to decide whether or not to heed them.
Julie's past finally catches up with her in the shape of Tommy Beamish, a comedian and an ex-heavyweight boxer. The incident prompts Uncle Nick to come to the aid of his nephew and Julie to react unexpectedly.
Richard gets mixed up with a volatile young singer and her entourage. At first, the woman simply requests that Richard sketch her portrait. But soon, he unwittingly enters a new, darker side of theatre life.
The troupe gets a shock when one of their acrobats is found strangled. The local police feel unable to handle the case, and Scotland Yard sends an inspector to investigate. Meanwhile, Richard makes a desperate attempt to reconnect with Nancy Ellis.
The police close in on a murder suspect, but Uncle Nick has one last trick up his sleeve before he strikes out for America. As war breaks out, Richard enlists in the army and heads off to the Western Front, where he runs into a surprising figure from his past.
|Richard Herncastle||---||Colin Firth|
|Harry Burrard||---||Laurence Olivier|
|Nick Ollanton||---||John Castle|
|Cissie Mapes||---||Gillian Bevan|
|Ben Hayes||---||Neil Boorman|
|Sam Hayes||---||Ted Morris|
|Julie Blane||---||Carmen Du Sautoy|
|Andre Colmar||---||John Ballanger|
|Nonie Colmar||---||Francesca McGregor|
|Gustav Colmar||---||Jean Marie Segal|
|Jean Colmar||---||Larbi Slemane|
|Nancy Ellis||---||Beatie Edney|
|Tommy Beamish||---||Brian Glover|
|Hubert Courtenay||---||Anthony Newlands|
|Susie Hodson||---||Jane Arden|
|Bob Hodson||---||Stephen Brigden|
|The ragtime three||---||Rio Fortune|
|The Montanas||---||Brenda Larenty|
Directed by Alan Grint
Written by Ian Curteis, J.B. Priestley
Produced by June Howson< br> Original Music by Derek Hilton
Cinematography by Doug Hallows
Costume Design by Michael Cocks
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