In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Christine McKenna Christine McKenna ...  Christina Parsons 12 episodes, 1979
Rosalie Williams ...  Mary 10 episodes, 1979
Steven Grives ...  Mark Russell 9 episodes, 1979
Frank Mills ...  Fowler 9 episodes, 1979
Alan Parnaby Alan Parnaby ...  William Russell 8 episodes, 1979
David Huscroft David Huscroft ...  Joe 8 episodes, 1979
Sebastian Abineri Sebastian Abineri ...  Dick Wright 7 episodes, 1979
Carol Leader Carol Leader ...  Dorothy 6 episodes, 1979
Edward Judd ...  Uncle Russell 5 episodes, 1979
Olive Pendleton Olive Pendleton ...  Aunt Grace 5 episodes, 1979
Anton Diffring ...  Mr. Dermot 5 episodes, 1979
Michael Macowan Michael Macowan ...  Dr. Porter 5 episodes, 1979


In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a wastrel, a roue and, like his father, loves to hunt. The younger son William lives to fly aeroplanes. Christina finds herself struggling with the ideas of classism as she falls in love with country life, the hunt, and one of her cousins. But after their impulsive marriage, when her husband is called away by the First World War, Christina must keep Flambards afloat by herself. Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

2 February 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Flambards See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Christine McKenna had read K.M. Peyton's Flambards novels and desperately wanted the part of Christina. When producer Leonard Lewis asked her whether she could ride a horse, she assured him that she was an expert and could even ride side-saddle. In reality she had never ridden before in her life. When she learned that she had got the part, one week before filming started, she went out and bought a pair of riding boots and a hard hat, and booked an intensive course of riding lessons. She was so saddle-sore by the end of the lessons and the start of filming that although she could ride passably well, she could barely walk and sitting was painful. See more »


[talking about Dorothy, Sandy's fiance]
William Russell: She's Sandy's.
Christina Parsons: Oh, did Sandy win her in a raffle then?
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Alternate Versions

When the series was originally shown, the first episode was 90 minutes long and was titled "Christina" in the opening titles and "The Blooding" in the caption after the second commercial break. For subsequent repeats and the DVD release, longer versions of this first episode were shown as two separate 60-minute episodes with titles "Christina" and "The Blooding". See more »


Song of Christina
Music by David Fanshawe.
Lyrics by Alan Plater.
Sung by Nick Curtis.
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Fabulous Flambards
28 June 2007 | by flamfanSee all my reviews

I first saw these programmes in 79 when I was 11 years old, I absolutely loved it. I've recently bought the series on DVD, and couldn't wait to get some time to myself to watch each episode. I cant get it out of my head! The story, the music, it's all just wonderful. It's not long since I finished the whole series, and I've already started watching them all again. The locations and costumes were spot on for that period. Looking out now for Alan Parnabys more recent work, he was so good as William Russell I've fallen in love with him all over again! Would love to know more about the actors, where they're from, where they are now, their ages etc. There have been many TV series and films that I've seen over the years, but nothing has got to me quite like Flambards!!

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