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The Cazalets
The Cazalets“A compelling and captivating saga
  of the secrets, fortunes, troubles and
  tragedies of three generations of a
  wealthy family whose lives are disrupted
  by World War II, the highly-acclaimed
  drama The Cazalets was first shown
  on BBC television in 2001..

A CLASSIC BBC ADAPTATION, THE CAZALETS is based on the best-selling novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard and features a cast led by fine British actors. Three generations of a privileged family seek to escape the terrors of the war at their country estate but find that they are not immune to the repercussions of the hostilities.

Beginning in 1937 the scene is set as the family, headed by Kitty "Duchy" Cazalet (Ursula Howells) and her husband William "The Brig" (Frederick Treves), gather for the summer at Home Place in Sussex.

The Cazalets
is a captivating costume
convincingly portrayed
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They have three sons: Edward (Stephen Dillane: Game Of Thrones; The Tunnel) is married to the long-suffering Viola, known as Villy (Lesley Manville: Maleficent; Mayday); Hugh (Hugh Bonneville: Downtown Abbey; Paddington), married to Sybil (Anastasia Hille); and Rupert (Paul Rhys), an aspiring artist, whose wife ZoŽ (Joanna Page: Gavin And Stacey; Love, Actually) is despised by his daughter Clarissa, known as Clary (Florence Hoath), a budding talented writer.

Their sister Rachel (Catherine Russell) has never married but has a 'very close' girlfriend known as Sid (Penny Downey). Philanderer Edward has a roving eye and in a drunken frenzy even gets too familiar with his own daughter, Louise (Emma Griffiths Malin), who has an ambition to be an actress. Later he is to meet the married Diana Mackintosh (Anna Chancellor: Downtown Abbey; Four Weddings and a Funeral) and the two embark upon a lengthy and passionate affair.

Hugh and Edward work at the family timber merchants and their father is keen to persuade Rupert to join them. Rupert, however, and much to ZoŽ's chagrin, has other ideas. On a visit to help her sick mother ZoŽ commits an indiscretion with Dr Philip Sherlock (Tom Mannion) which leaves her plagued by guilt and with tragic consequences.

Against the background of a country hovering on the brink of war, an empty promise is made by the well-meaning Neville Chamberlain of "peace in our time" but he has not anticipated Germany ignoring the deadline to withdraw its troops from Poland.
As the pre-war years pass and war becomes a reality, babies are born, unions forged and lives ended, while scandals lurk among the many secrets of the privileged Cazalets — and even their chauffeur Frank Tonbridge (John MacArdle) is to make a shocking discovery about his own family.

Rupert has enlisted against his family's wishes. The Cazalet family face a testing time, but will their stoic British stiff upper lip see them through the coming uncertainties, family issues and tragedies that are to befall them? The Nazis, led by Adolph Hitler, have their sights on Europe and the British Expeditionary Forces have retreated to Dunkirk. As the horrors of the escalating conflict hit home, no family in the country can remain untouched.

First shown on BBC Television in 2001, The Cazalets is a captivating costume drama, convincingly portrayed with superb character development.

The Cazalets also features: Patsy Rowlands as private tutor Miss Millament; Jacqueline Tong as cook Mrs Cripps; Claudia Renkin as Polly Cazalet; Ben Simpson as Teddy Cazalet; Alexander Pownall as Neville Cazalet; James Aubrey as Raymond Castle; Gemma Craven as Mrs Headford; Katya Harvey as Louise's friend Stella Rose; Claire Hackett as Mrs Tonbridge; and Gregg Prentice as young Harry Tonbridge.

Soundtrack Written by Ray Noble; Composer is Julian Knott; Series Cinematography by Robin Vidgeon BSC; Costumes by Frances Tempest; Series Writing Credits are Elizabeth Jane Howard and Douglas Livingstone; Producer is Verity Lambert; and Series Directed by Suri Krishnamma.

* A compelling saga of upper class family life during the Second World War, the complete series of the poignant BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Jane Howard's The Cazalets is released in the UK by Second Sight on DVD on 23 March 2015. Running Time: 324 Minutes Approximately | 2 Discs | Catalogue No: 2NDVD3272 | RRP: £19.99.

"The Cazalets is a captivating costume drama, convincingly portrayed with superb character development"
Maggie Woods, Motorbar