Virginia-born Lady Astor is the first woman to sit in Parliament. Her outspokenness in unpopular causes leaves her open to heartbreak, public and private.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1984   1982  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Epic miniseries about a proud Irish farmer who migrates to America, tired of English repression and the Great Famine. He works hard and even meets the Englishwoman he once loved. The couple reunites. Then the American Civil War breaks out.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Peter Gilmore, Simon MacCorkindale
The Matador (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis
Noble House (1988)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Company, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of ... See full summary »

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Deborah Raffin, Ben Masters
The Nephew (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A little island off Ireland. A small town. An old conflict. Fresh wind.

Director: Eugene Brady
Stars: Niall Toibin, Sinéad Cusack, Luke Griffin
The Broken Chain (TV Movie 1993)
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story of two Iroquis brothers caught in the midst of the Revolutionary War.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Eric Schweig, Wes Studi, Buffy Sainte-Marie
Don't Talk to Strangers (TV Movie 1994)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After Jane's first marriage collapses, she and her new husband Patrick Brody attempt to build a new life and move to a new state. However, her ex-husband follows them with a view to revenge.

Director: Robert Michael Lewis
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Shanna Reed, Terry O'Quinn
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Victorian Age English gentleman takes a wager that he can circle the globe in the unprecedented time of just eighty days.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson
Murder 101 (TV Movie 1991)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After writing/publishing a book about a real murder trial, Charles returns to his college to teach creative writing - art of the thriller. 1st essay assigned: plan a perfect murder. Later someone uses it for murder.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Dey Young, Antoni Corone
Victim of Love (TV Movie 1991)
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A psychiatrist (Williams) and her patient (Madsen) are involved with the same man, who may or may not be a murderer.

Director: Jerry London
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, JoBeth Williams, Virginia Madsen
Taffin (1988)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. The developers are ruthless ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Megahy
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Ray McAnally, Alison Doody
The Heist (TV Movie 1989)
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Framed con-man seeks revenge by planning a racetrack heist.

Director: Stuart Orme
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Tom Skerritt, Wendy Hughes
Murphy's Stroke (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Irish millionaires put together a betting coup and go to England to pursue their illicit prize.

Director: Frank Cvitanovich
Stars: Niall Toibin, Pierce Brosnan, T.R. Bowen
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Lisa Harrow ...  Nancy Astor 9 episodes, 1982
Lise Hilboldt ...  Brand / ... 8 episodes, 1982
James Fox ...  Waldorf Astor 6 episodes, 1982
Dan O'Herlihy ...  Chiswell 'Chillie' Langhorne 4 episodes, 1982
Pierce Brosnan ...  Robert Gould Shaw 4 episodes, 1982
Nigel Havers ...  Bobby Shaw 4 episodes, 1982
David Warner ...  Philip Kerr 4 episodes, 1982
Erick Ray Evans Erick Ray Evans ...  Sam 4 episodes, 1982
Edit

Storyline

Virginia-born Lady Astor is the first woman to sit in Parliament. Her outspokenness in unpopular causes leaves her open to heartbreak, public and private. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Alternate Versions

In 1982, the mini-series aired in the UK on BBC Two in 9 parts. In 1984, the series aired on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre in 8 parts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Life After Who: Philip Hinchcliffe (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why was this series made?
15 April 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

I'm giving this series a "6" because the acting and production standards are high. But this was the Masterpiece Theatre series that broke me of the habit of watching Masterpiece Theatre. It was one thing to watch a series about "The First Churchills" or "King Edward VII", because they were historical figures of importance. But Lady Astor? She was the first woman elected to be a member of Britain's Parliament, and was outspoken...some would say courageous. But she did not do anything of note - there is no major legislation connected to her. She was also wrong-headed. She was an anti-Semite and a member of the appeasement group known as "the Cliveden" set (named for the home of her and her husband, Cliveden, where the group met). Why honor her? My guess was that it seemed she was interesting, as she was of American birth and rose in British society. So what about that? I would have preferred a series of some other figure - if they had to do one on appeasers they could have done Nevil Chamberlain (Eric Porter did play him - rather sympathetically - in WINSTON CHURCHILL: THE WILDERNESS YEARS, with Robert Hardy as Churchill). Chamberlain had a career before 1938 when he did a series of government reforms on taxes and on simplifying the laws. Had he not got fooled by himself and Hitler at Munich he was trying to reform the British educational system. Now that actually is interesting. But Chamberlain had no American roots. It really was a waste of a series.


6 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed