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Masterpiece Theatre
Forsyte Saga, The: Series II
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

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3305: 2/8/2004 - In a prelude set at a family gathering in London in 1909, seven-year- old Fleur Forsyte meets her young cousin Jon Forsyte, the son of Soames' (Damian Lewis) ex-wife, Irene (Gina McKee), by his first cousin Young Jolyon (Rupert Graves). Eleven years later, 18-year-old Jon (Lee Williams) and Fleur (Emma Griffiths Malin) meet at an art gallery. Realizing they have met as children, they hit it off again. Secretly, Fleur arranges to go to the farm where Jon is working. Meanwhile, Young Jolyon learns he has heart disease, but can't face telling Irene. Two new characters enter the tight-knit Forsyte circle: wealthy Belgian Prosper Profond (Michael Maloney) and dashing war veteran Michael Mont (Oliver Milburn). One is eager for extramarital affairs, the other for Fleur's hand in marriage. In the second hour, Young Jolyon, disturbed at Fleur's advances toward Jon, demands that Soames reign in his daughter. Soames is also displeased and determines to cement a relationship between Fleur and Mont. Meanwhile, Young Jolyon sends Jon abroad with Irene. Though Fleur warms to Mont, she still loves Jon and goes to his family home at Robin Hill, where she meets Jolyon for the first time, disguising her identity. In France, Jon pines for Fleur until Irene relents and they return to England. At his reunion with Fleur, she reveals her theory about the mysterious feud that obsesses their parents. Affairs of the heart also seize the older generation as Profond flirts with Winifred ( Amanda Root) and Soames' wife, Annette (Beatriz Batarda). Meanwhile, Winifred's dissolute husband, Dartie (Ben Miles), hits bottom. 3306: 2/15/2004 - In a gambling marathon that wins him more than enough to pay his creditors, Dartie has the night of his life. Fleur accuses Profond of having an affair with her mother, Annette. Profond turns the tables by telling Fleur about Soames' long-ago marriage to Irene. This solves part of the riddle about the family feud, but complicates Fleur's romance with Jon. When Mont asks Soames for Fleur's hand in marriage, Soames consents and hopes that Fleur will, too. In a private meeting, Young Jolyon tells her about his heart disease and asks her to give up Jon. She agrees, but soon makes plans with Jon to elope. 3307: 2/22/2004 - A holiday at a cricket match turns into disaster when Soames runs into Profond, who brazenly lures Annette to Paris; Fleur refuses Mont's proposal; Soames, Irene and Jolyon have an icy encounter; and Jolyon spies Jon alone with Fleur, proving that she lied to him about giving up their romance. Later, in a stormy meeting with Jon, Jolyon reveals his real objection to Fleur's family. Then his heart gives out. The next morning, Fleur waits for Jon at the train station in vain. After Jolyon's memorial service, Fleur senses Jon is slipping from her grasp and persuades Soames to ask Irene to support their marriage. Soames capitulates, but at this meeting he is overcome with memories of his failed union with Irene and becomes abusive. Jon throws him out, ending any chance of reconciliation between the families. In due course, Mont and Fleur are engaged. Because of his own unhappy marital experiences, Soames has mixed feelings about the union. As Fleur leaves the church with Mont, she asks Soames to dispose of a keepsake that reminds her of Jon - an errand that takes Soames to Robin Hill and an encounter with Irene.



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