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Love for Lydia 

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Series (1977– )
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This thirteen-part series explores just how painful love can be for young people. Would-be writer Edward Richardson is in love with heiress Lydia Aspen and wants her all to himself. Lydia ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Mel Martin ...  Lydia Aspen / ... 13 episodes, 1977
Christopher Blake Christopher Blake ...  Richardson 13 episodes, 1977
Sherrie Hewson ...  Nancy Holland 11 episodes, 1977
Peter Davison ...  Tom Holland 10 episodes, 1977
Ralph Arliss ...  Blackie Johnson 9 episodes, 1977
Beatrix Lehmann ...  Aunt Bertie 8 episodes, 1977
Michael Aldridge ...  Captain Rollo Aspen / ... 8 episodes, 1977
Jeremy Irons ...  Alex Sanderson 8 episodes, 1977
Christopher Hancock ...  Mr. Richardson 8 episodes, 1977
Ruby Head Ruby Head ...  Lily the Maid 8 episodes, 1977
Rachel Kempson ...  Aunt Juliana 7 episodes, 1977
Wendy Gifford Wendy Gifford ...  Mrs. Sanderson 7 episodes, 1977
Patricia Leach Patricia Leach ...  Mrs. Richardson 7 episodes, 1977
David Ryall ...  Bretherton 6 episodes, 1977
Irene Richard ...  Nora Jepson 6 episodes, 1977
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This thirteen-part series explores just how painful love can be for young people. Would-be writer Edward Richardson is in love with heiress Lydia Aspen and wants her all to himself. Lydia professes to be in love with him, but her first love is excitement. There are several other young men who vie with Richardson for Lydia's affection, and she sends mixed signals to them all, playing them off against each other, sometimes with dire results. At least that's the way Richardson sees things, but it's not the whole story. Written by George S. Davis

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Richard Bates, the son of H.E. Bates, was replaced as producer by Tony Wharmby See more »

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Referenced in The Kidnappers (1999) See more »

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Turbulent, Romantic, Glamorous and Sexy!
4 March 2004 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

LOVE FOR LYDIA is the sexy, sophisticated story of the dizzy and exciting but also rather empty lifestyle of English society people during the wild Twenties decade. The central character, Lydia, is a beautiful but rather shy girl at first. Then she inherits a great deal of money and begins to realize that she is a very desirable catch -- and that men will let her get away with almost anything!

The one man who truly loves Lydia is Richardson, a would-be writer from a rather poor and humble local family. On a cold winter day, Lydia has her first kiss from him, but instead of making her fall for him it merely sparks her interest in men in general. Before long Lydia is the talk of the town, dashing about in her flashy new clothes and going to hot, Twenties-style dances where she is always the center of attention. One by one, all the handsomest and most exciting young men in the neighborhood simply collapse at her feet -- rich and stylish Alec Sanderson, sweet and trusting Tom Holland, and even the tough local mechanic, mean and muscular and hairy-chested Blackie Flannagan. Lydia toys with all three men at once, totally enjoying both the sense of power and the pleasure. Totally ignoring the pain in Richardson's eyes, she grows more and more reckless, until at last tragedy strikes. Lydia sees herself as she truly is -- weak, greedy and selfish. She wants to change, but by now even loyal and faithful Richardson is tired of her. Is it too late for Lydia -- too late for love?

LOVE FOR LYDIA is a sumptuous and beautifully filmed romantic epic. The big dance scenes are exhilarating, but the quiet scenes draw you in too. Lydia changes from a shy schoolgirl to a glamorous and sexy siren.

But in her quiet moments you can see her basic insecurity, like the way she lies on the bed listening to the same jazz love song over and over. Night after night she dances till 2 or 3AM, and then next day is still asleep past noon.

There's an aimless quality to her life, and an emptiness as well. It shows in the way she downs a drink before dinner or takes a quick hit from a pocketbook flask. Glamorous and sexy, but you feel the human side of it -- the loneliness and the waste. A very good British series.


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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

23 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ik hou van Lydia See more »

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(13 parts)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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