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 Vita Sackville-West (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Harold Nicolson (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Violet Keppel Trefusis (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Lady Sackville (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Denys Trefusis (4 episodes, 1990)
Alexander Pearce ...
 Nigel Nicolson (4 episodes, 1990)
Yves Aubert ...
 Concierge (4 episodes, 1990)
David Griffith ...
 Purser (4 episodes, 1990)
Chris Walker ...
 Ben Nicolson (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Lady Carnock (2 episodes, 1990)
Madelaine Newton ...
 Mrs. Milligan (2 episodes, 1990)
Judy Elrington ...
 Nanny (2 episodes, 1990)
Madeline Blakeney ...
 Mrs. Staples (2 episodes, 1990)
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Melodrama detailing the real-life love affair between feminist writer Vita Sackville-West and novelist Violet Keppel against the backdrop of post-World War I England and opposition by Vita's politician husband Harold Nicolson. Vita and Violet's romantic relationship becomes increasingly obsessive which spawns destructive feelings of possessiveness and jealousy between them. Written by Anonymous

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Haji and Ma
24 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The BBC miniseries issued on DVD have been sustaining me this winter. I found this one at my public library; it had been eluding me for many years. I am a fan of Janet McTeer and Cathryn Harrison, and found the account of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Violet Trefusis to be fairly engrossing, although overlong (at almost four hours). The problem is that these people are only moderately interesting--we remember Vita, if we remember her at all, as a character from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, while Harold is known as the author of diaries from the 1930's in which he recounts his experiences with Oswald Mosley and other famous people. Harold and Vita are bit-players on the stage of Europe between the wars, not principal players.

I was entertained by the two female leads, who were brought to life successfully by Penelope Mortimer's screenplay. Cathryn Harrison was especially vivid in her portrayal of the more emotional and headstrong Violet. David Haig was excellent as the repellent Harold, a man who has his cake and wants to eat it too (in other words, have Vita as his wife and enjoy men on the side). Peter Birch as Trefusis was no more interesting than an illustration on the cover of a biscuit tin.


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