Love in a Cold Climate
An eight-part adaptation of two classic novels by Nancy Mitford, and starring Judi Dench, Michael Williams and Michael Aldridge, Love in a Cold Climate presents the English upper class of the Twenties and Thirties as seen by one of its most gifted chroniclers. The series traces the unconventional lives and loves of the family of Lord Alconleigh, dominated by the eccentric, irascible Uncle Matthew - an affectionate and only lightly embellished caricature of the Mitford siblings father, Lord Redesdale. With several scenes drawn from Nancy Mitford s childhood memories (not least her father s alarming penchant for hunting his children with a bloodhound), the story also encompasses the economic and political crises of the Thirties and the upheavals of the Second World War, which would ultimately bring to an end the privileged world inhabited by the family. Love in a Cold Climate was adapted by novelist and dramatist Simon Raven, and directed by Donald McWhinnie (Rumpole of the Bailey).
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S01 E01Oct 29, 1980
Child Hunt Oct 29, 1980 We meet the Radlett family engaged in one of its happiest pursuits - Lord Alconleigh hunts his daughters with bloodhounds.
S01 E02Nov 5, 1980
Coming Out Nov 5, 1980 The Radlett girls (with cousin Fanny and friend Polly) begin to take their first steps into Society and in pursuit of Love. Of them all, only Lady Polly seems to have no interest in the latter.
S01 E03Nov 12, 1980
Rings and Things Nov 12, 1980 Engagements to be married come about for good and bad reasons - and some are more approved of than others.
S01 E04Nov 19, 1980
The Merry Widower Nov 19, 1980 We are reminded that it is not only the younger generation which has amorous ambitions. Lady Polly finally chooses her mate, to the astonishment of the fashionable world and the horrified disbelief of her mother.
S01 E05Nov 26, 1980
Heir Apparent Nov 26, 1980 Lord Montdore's heir, Cedric Hampton, who is a distant cousin in Canada, is feared to be an obscure redneck. But truth can be stranger than fiction.
S01 E06Dec 3, 1980
Foreigners Are Fiends Dec 3, 1980 Lord Alconleigh's fondest memories of youth are of slaughtering Germans with an entrenching tool in the course of hand-to-hand warfare, and he has no greater fondness for foreigners of other nations. Thus it is that he lacks enthusiasm for welcoming the non-English into the heart of his own family...