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The Young Visiters (2003)

Alfred Salteena is a slightly bumbling gentleman who meets a young lady on a train and invites her to his home in London. She comes to see society and meet young men and bothers him to go ... See full summary »


David Yates


Daisy Ashford (story), Patrick Barlow (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Alfred Salteena
Hugh Laurie ... Lord Bernard Clark
Lyndsey Marshal ... Ethel Monticue
Bill Nighy ... Earl of Clincham
Geoffrey Palmer ... Minnit
Simon Russell Beale ... Prince of Wales
Adam Godley ... Procurio
Sophie Thompson ... Bessie Topp
Sally Hawkins ... Rosalind
Richenda Carey ... Lady Gay Finchling
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Monticue
Tom Burke ... Horace
Richard Beale Richard Beale ... Middle Aged Man
James Warrior James Warrior ... Station Master
Guy Henry ... Mr. Domonic


Alfred Salteena is a slightly bumbling gentleman who meets a young lady on a train and invites her to his home in London. She comes to see society and meet young men and bothers him to go out and meet important people. They travel to see Lord Bernard where Alfred realises that he is not "high society" enough to win the beautiful social climber Ethel. Bernard offers to send him to a training school to help gentlemen "improve themselves", while he "entertains" Ethel at his home. Written by bob the moo

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Release Date:

26 December 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Visiters or Mr. Salteena's Plan See more »

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BBC Drama Group See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Based on the novel "The Young Visiters (or Mr Salteena's Plan)", published in Britain in 1919 and written by Daisy Ashford who was only 8 years old at the time. See more »


At the public function Ethel very much wants to go to meet Earls, Lords and Ladies, there is a woman who sings the Australian Kookaburra song. The song was written in 1932. This movie takes place in Victorian England. See more »


Daisy Ashford: [Voice over] As Mr Salteena ascended towards his heart's desire, Bernard thought he would show Ethel his... gloomy pile, and they spent a merry morning so doing.
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Remake of The Young Visiters (1984) See more »

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There'll Always Be An England
5 September 2006 | by starrywisdomSee all my reviews

mikmiki, kindly keep your religious commentary to yourself. It has no place in a movie review. Thank you.

This is one of the most charming movies I've seen lately. I tried to get into the book, several times, but found it too twee.

Which is why I'm grateful for this film. More reasons to be grateful: Bill Nighy (whom I hadn't seen in anything other than "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") and especially the incomparable Hugh Laurie tarten it up just enough.

Glorious period sets, costumes and landscapes. Makes you feel with good cause and certainty that there will indeed always be an England. Especially in the movies.

Just delightful.

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