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The Cazalets 


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Series cast summary:
Hugh Bonneville ...  Hugh Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Stephen Dillane ...  Edward Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Lesley Manville ...  Villy Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Joanna Page ...  Zoe Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Anna Chancellor ...  Diana Mackintosh 6 episodes, 2001
Penny Downie ...  Sid 6 episodes, 2001
Anastasia Hille ...  Sybil Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
John McArdle ...  Tonbridge 6 episodes, 2001
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ...  Kitty Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Patsy Rowlands ...  Miss Millament 6 episodes, 2001
Frederick Treves ...  William Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Catherine Russell ...  Rachel Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ...  Clary Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Jacqueline Tong ...  Mrs. Cripps 6 episodes, 2001
Emma Griffiths Malin ...  Louise Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Claudia Renton Claudia Renton ...  Polly Cazalet 6 episodes, 2001
Camilla Mathias ...  Maid 6 episodes, 2001
Paul Rhys ...  Rupert Cazalet 5 episodes, 2001
Ben Simpson Ben Simpson ...  Teddy Cazalet 4 episodes, 2001
Alexander Pownall ...  Neville Cazalet 4 episodes, 2001
Tammy Mendelson Tammy Mendelson ...  Dottie 4 episodes, 2001
Francesca Wicks Francesca Wicks ...  Lydia Cazalet 4 episodes, 2001
Nicholas Audsley ...  Christopher castle / ... 4 episodes, 2001
Rosie Ede ...  Phyllis 3 episodes, 2001
Katya Harvey Katya Harvey ...  Stella Rose 3 episodes, 2001
Gemma Craven ...  Mrs. Headford 3 episodes, 2001
Stephen Churchett ...  Dr. Carr 2 episodes, 2001
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ...  Mrs. Tonbridge 2 episodes, 2001
Gregg Prentice Gregg Prentice ...  Harry Tonbridge 2 episodes, 2001
Eve Pearce Eve Pearce ...  Aunt Anna 2 episodes, 2001
Cate Fowler ...  Mrs. Rose 2 episodes, 2001
Mark Bazeley ...  Michael Hadleigh 2 episodes, 2001
Matthew Marsh ...  Otto Rose 2 episodes, 2001
Lavinia Bertram ...  Ellen 2 episodes, 2001
Tom Mannion Tom Mannion ...  Dr. Sherlock 2 episodes, 2001


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Drama | War







Release Date:

22 June 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cazalet család See more »

Filming Locations:

Chobham, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Viewers have commented on the fact that the newly-commissioned Rupert is seen boarding a train in the uniform of a high-ranking naval officer. It was explained in "Radio Times" that this was a genuine error; Paul Rhys had accidentally put on the coat intended for the character of Michael Hadleigh. See more »


In the credits for two of the episodes they misspell the actor who plays Christopher Castle's name, instead of "Nicholas Audsley" he's listed as "Nicholas Adsley". See more »


Referenced in Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (2008) See more »


The Very Thought of You
(theme) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Noble
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Warm and wonderful BBC drama series set in the 1930s and 1940s
20 March 2014 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This TV family saga is based upon four of the largely autobiographical series of five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) known jointly as The Cazalet Chronicles, although the fifth and final volume, All Change, was not published until 2013 and hence is not portrayed in the TV series. The young girl named Clary who wants to be a writer is modelled upon Howard herself. This series was produced by the late Verity Lambert through her company Cinema Verity, with the actress Joanna Lumley as co-producer. Lumley would doubtless have kept a sharp eye on period detail, and correct enunciation and mannerisms. The only thing wrong with this series is the absolutely terrible lighting. Sometimes a dark room comes across almost as a beach scene in the South of France. The lighting man should have been sent to the Gulag and never released. Much of the film was shot on location in and around a large rambling house. In the story, it is meant to be in Sussex, and with all that roof and gable thatch it must have been in one of the many Hursts which bespeckle the countryside of that sunny shire. The casting of this series was done very carefully, and everyone is spot-on. An intense and marvellous performance by Lesley Manville graces the series, but then when did a Lesley Manville performance not stand out? Not long ago I saw her as the lead in Ibsen's GHOSTS onstage in London, and her power in the theatre exceeds even her magnetism on screen. My favourite performance in this series, however, was the touching portrayal of the governess Miss Millament by Patsy Rowlands. This was the last production in which she appeared before her death. What a wonderful actress she was. In this part, she brought such pathos and feeling to a supporting role, especially when she said with tears in her eyes: 'What will become of me?' that I suspect she was aware that her own life was drawing to a close and she really meant it personally. It is very sad to think of it. The series is greatly enlivened by the performances of the three young girls by the charming, talented and I should say inspired trio of actresses Florence Hoath (as Clary), Emma Griffiths Malin (as Louise), and Claudia Renton (as Polly, whose father is always sleazily groping her). The three of them really seem to have lived the story while they were filming, and when they are on screen it is like eavesdropping to watch them. Stephen Dillane is perfectly brilliant as the odious lech to whom Lesley Manville is unfortunately married, and with whom Anna Chancellor at her most mistressy clings in countless illicit encounters. Hugh Bonneville as Hugh is sturdy and upright, Joanna Page is stunningly talented as showing distinct character change and development through the story, from a foolish and giddy young egocentric to thoughtful maturity, and Paul Rhys is magnificent as the sensitive, soulful father of Clary, Rupert Cazalet, who disappears during the War. There are too many fine performances to list, and they are all excellent. The story itself is captivating, a wholly successful saga of the intertwining lives of this family, who share the huge house and live out their separate but interrelated personal dramas under the same thatch. It is one of those series one does not want to end. Well done, all!

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