The Forsyte Saga

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The epic drama continues, this time including the next generation of Forsytes.
Starring
Damian LewisEmma Griffiths MalinGina McKee
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    February 7, 2004
    54min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Soames and his family are preparing to go to London for Aunt Hester’s birthday party.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    February 7, 2004
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Soames arranges a weekend party for Fleur and they travel to London for new clothes.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    February 14, 2004
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jon and Fleur agree to travel on the train together when she has to return home. Meanwhile, Soames has plans for Fleur – a house party.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    February 14, 2004
    54min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fleur arrives at Jon’s cottage where he is working for a local farmer. Irene and Joylon get a letter from Jon explaining that he wants to have some time on his own.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    February 21, 2004
    54min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fleur breaks the news to Soames that she went to Robin Hill because she had to see Jon and is in love with him. Eventually she wears him down, and Soames agrees to see Irene and tell her of the wedding.

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Directors
Andy WilsonChristopher MenaulDavid Moore
Supporting actors
Lee WilliamsRupert Graves
Producers
David BoulterRebecca EatonSita Williams
Season year
2004
Network
PBS
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1537 global ratings

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OCWOMANReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended
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One must consider the fact this is a British period piece. When I read reviews from viewers complaining about the production style I have to wonder...what were they expecting? I thoroughly enjoyed every detail and could care less about the "flaws" in time passage jumps or the aging of the characters. I could keep up but I couldn't help but feel like there an episode or two missing. Anyway, I loved it! Damien Lewis was SUPERB as Soames as he is in every role he plays. What a gifted actor he is. As for the rest of the cast, BRAVO!
25 people found this helpful
Lotus54Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Major Flaws, But Still A Most Intriguing Story (no spoilers)
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There's a lot to criticize about this series, but there's also a lot to like. I personally love historical dramas, so I admittedly tolerate 'less than' content if it still manages to take me away to another era, to a past-era story, which it did. Damian Lewis I always find to be strangely intriguing, his character in this was by far the most interesting. So completely devoid of any insight; cruel, cold, possessive, yet pitiful and sad and wanting only to be loved without any apparent insight as to why he was not so lovable. You can't help but to feel for him while you simultaneously despise him. He was truly brilliant as this character.

But alas, the series is certainly not without major flaws, primarily the ridiculous time span that takes place in the short amount of episodes. The aging of the characters over so many years - or lack of aging, disproportionate aging of characters, etc., is absurd. Some characters appear never to age while others are suddenly hobbling around gray with canes. And on that note, the general time jumps are extremely annoying. You get sucked into a story line and then suddenly the scene changes and it's "eleven years later".... "nine years later"... etc. That I found very annoying, especially since child actors are replaced with entirely different adult actors and you have to piece together 'who is who'. There's also a tad too much "irony" to be realistic; it becomes sometimes predictable. There are some other things I could pick apart, but those are the biggest flaws in my opinion.

That said, it's still an intriguing story; intriguing enough that I was willing to tolerate the time jumps and aging issues. It's an interesting representation of the time, the era, the views on marriage, women's rights, social status, family dynamics, and more. So for me personally, it was still worth watching despite some blatant gaps in detail. But again, I love most historical dramas, especially British ones, so I was fine with setting aside realism for the sake of a good story. If you're big on accuracy and realism, this may not be for you. But if you just like to get carried away in a story and can set realism & detail aside as I did, then it's worthwhile.
22 people found this helpful
alaskanchickReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
No where near as good as the first season
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I adored the first season, and frankly, I didn't care for most of this one. I loved seeing all the follow up to the characters from season one, but most of this follows the next generation, and I hated -- HATED -- the hero and heroine. And not in a good way, like I hate them but I'm still fascinated by them. Nope. Just hate. They're both idiots and they deserve the misery they get. However, I do love everything else about the miniseries, so I still go back and watch it from time to time. I love seeing the previous storylines wrap up in this one.
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C AtkinsReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Maybe you loved the first experience but by holding tightly onto that
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I am a fan of period drama and a big Masterpiece fan. I saw this series on PBS when it first aired around 2002 and am still crazy about it this time around. Damian Lewis is superb as the complex and often unlikable Soames Forsyte. In reading some of the reviews written by others who feel that Gina McKee is miscast as Irene and even going so far as to describe her as cold, I disagree. While she might appear to be reserved and somewhat aloof or unemotional on the outside, I feel that she portrays an elegant and graceful woman who is quite sensitive and masks the effects of the emotional traumas she has had to endure. As I understand the social mores of the times, women without [family] money or position had few options except to marry or work in service. Irene did not want to marry Soames in the first place. Unhappiness, abuse and heartbreak follow. Also social protocol of that era especially in the upper crust did not favor the public display of emotion. While I did not see the original production of 1967 and have yet to read the books, I personally feel it is limited thinking to compare a reincarnation of a previously produced piece--drama, theater, music, etc.--with the first. Why not treat it as an entity unto itself and accept it as it is on its own terms. Maybe you loved the first experience but by holding tightly onto that, critiquing and comparing, you are missing the beauty and merit of the present.
14 people found this helpful
Tee O.Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Series 2 is good, but not as great as the first series
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Series 2 is good, but not as great as the first series. The miniseries has compelled me to read the book trilogy of the Forsyte family. The ending (no spoiler) is wrapped up but I would have liked a different ending. It just sort of ended. Hopefully the book does it more elegantly. I'm sure there are plenty of reviews summarizing the story, so I won't. I love the scenery, the costumes and the acting. The story is rich in detail and modern even though it tells of a time long gone. Country estates and city homes and carriages in Series 1 evolved to a more modern time in Series 2. The excess (everything about Fleur!) is interesting to behold. I love the customs of the time and if you're a Downton Abbey fan, you will adore the Forsyte Saga 1 & 2!
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Marianne BierReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Soames and Irene finally make piece but at the price of their children's happiness.
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I did not realize I bought this video.. I thought I was renting it. I watched it and thought they didn't have to kill off another Forsythe.. Irene should have been able to live a nice "married" life..not as a widow..
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Julie Julie JulieReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
So well done-ending made me cry
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No one will agree with me that Soames is both tender and brilliantly acted but it was. Do pay attention to how he is around his own family, mother, father, sister-brilliant. Fleur was perfectly cast, more modern looking, none of the mannerisms her station should have afforded her, and a full ten pounds overweight, clearly indulged in every way.
SusanReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Forsythe Saga not to be missed
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Forsythe Saga is similar to Downton Abbey. The first episode is slow but don't give up it gets really good. Story is based on a woman Irene' who marries a rich man only for his money. She despises everything about hiim. As the marriage continues she becomes more and more withdrawn from his affections; which in turn brings out the very worst in him. The scandals, affairs and ill-timed deaths will keep you wanting to see more when the series ends at a Season 2. I understand this was based on a novel and was also an older movie. Free with Amazon Prime Subscription.
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