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Vita and Violet's romance grows which leads to Vita dressing up as a man (an injured soldier on leave from the front) and meeting at hotels and boarding houses in London to continue their ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Whittaker

Writers:

Penelope Mortimer (screenplay), Nigel Nicolson (from the book by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Janet McTeer ... Vita Sackville-West
David Haig ... Harold Nicolson
Cathryn Harrison ... Violet Keppel Trefusis
Peter Birch ... Denys Trefusis
Diana Fairfax ... Lady Sackville
Mark Tandy ... Reggie Cooper
Sam Beazley Sam Beazley ... Lord Carnock
Kathleen Byron ... Lady Carnock
Hazel Douglas ... Landlady
Angus Pope Angus Pope ... Young Man
Hugh Kermode Hugh Kermode ... Foreign Office Clerk
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Chambermaid
Nicholas Johnson Nicholas Johnson ... Desk Clerk
Jean Pierre Blanchard Jean Pierre Blanchard ... Maitre d' (as Jean-Pierre Blanchard)
Frank Duncan Frank Duncan ... Head Waiter
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Vita and Violet's romance grows which leads to Vita dressing up as a man (an injured soldier on leave from the front) and meeting at hotels and boarding houses in London to continue their romantic tryst. However, Vita continues to have a loving and respectful relationship with Harold, but she doesn't hesitate to spend his money for spontaneous trysts with Violet. And she refuses to lie about her relationship with Violet, or give any false hope to Harold that it is less important to her than her marriage to him. Harold's willingness to accept his wife's love affair with another woman shows him borne of his desire to give her the utmost freedom. In conversations with male friends, Harold admits to jealousy, but chalks the affair up to Vita's inability to separate emotion from sex. He feels some pity for her, as her passionate nature seems to cause her pain, while his ability to detach spares him the same. For Violet, any marriage is a requirement to be avoided for as long as possible, ... Written by Larry B.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1990 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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