The Forsyte Saga (2002–2003)

Episode #1.2 

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Irene consents to marry Soameswith the proviso that he will make her happy. When it is apparent that she is not, he hires Bisonney to design them a unique country house.


Christopher Menaul



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Graves ... Young Jolyon Forsyte
Amanda Ooms ... Helene
Corin Redgrave ... Old Jolyon Forsyte
Damian Lewis ... Soames Forsyte
Gina McKee ... Irene Forsyte
Judy Campbell ... Aunt Ann
Wendy Craig ... Aunt Juley
Barbara Flynn ... Emily
Gillian Kearney ... June Forsyte
Ioan Gruffudd ... Phillip Bosinney
Jowanna Rose Jowanna Rose ... Smither
Stuart Richman Stuart Richman ... Priest
Ben Miles ... Montague Dartie
Alistair Petrie ... George
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... James Forsyte


Soames Forsyte hires Philip Bosinney to design a home for him on a piece of land he's bought outside of of London, known as Robin Hill. He wants it to be a surprise for his wife Irene but Bosinney makes the mistake of telling his fiancée June who blurts out the news. Irene is unmoved and seriously questions whether she wants to live in the country. Her relationship with Soames further deteriorates when his parents learn - again through June - that they are sleeping in separate bedrooms. For their part, Irene and Bosinney are clearly attracted to one another much to Soames and June's consternation. Old Jolyon reconciles with his son but Helene has difficulty forgiving the old man for all of the hardship he has caused them. Montague Darty needs money and takes his wife's pearls but to Winifred and her father's shock, the bailiffs are soon at the door as he owes 100 guineas. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance








Release Date:

14 April 2002 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Irene Forsyte: If I were to marry you, Mr. Forsyte, would you promise me one thing?
Irene Forsyte: [he seems flustered by he question] If our marriage is not a success, then I shall be free as if I had never married you.
Soames Forsyte: If we were to marry, then it would be a success.
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Nocturne In E Flat Major, Op.9 No.2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
[Played on piano by Gina McKee]
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