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  • Actors: Stephen Campbell Moore, Oliver Milburn, Michael Elwyn, Jonny Lee Miller, Philip Glenister
  • Directors: Julian Farino
  • Writers: Nick Dear
  • Producers: Andrea Miller, Hilary Salmon, Julia Stannard, Laura Mackie, Ruth Baumgarten
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Dd Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C6644
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two-part BBC period drama starring Jonny Lee Miller as the great romantic poet Lord Byron. Byron becomes an overnight success - and the toast of London society - when 'Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage' is published. He embarks on a passionate affair with society beauty Lady Caroline Lamb (Camilla Power), but soon tires of her and escapes into the arms of his half-sister Augusta (Natasha Little), with whom he has an illicit, incestuous affair. Although unconcerned by society's conventions, Byron worries that a scandal will harm Augusta, and on a whim proposes to the pious Annabella Millbanke (Julie Cox) - who soon learns that marriage to the greatest romantic poet of his age is one of heartbreak and betrayal. When Augusta refuses to continue her physical relationship with Byron once he is married, Byron goes into self-imposed exile and continues his life of hedonistic pleasure in Venice - eventually settling into a relationship with Italian aristocrat Contessa Teresa Guicciolli (Branca Katic). Finally, as a man who has excelled in excess, he feels his passion is spent, and takes up the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Grzywacz on 16 Dec. 2013
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The film does a wonderful job at portraying the romantic nature of Byron and his inevitable conflicts with members of a less enlightened aristocracy. He is a self-destructive and iconoclastic men, beautiful and beyong salvation. Possibly a bit more focus on the genius of his thought and its enduring quality would balance the rough treatment of characters who come up against the handsome and randy nobleman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Rushton on 30 Dec. 2014
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Miller makes a fabulous screen Byron and the whole cast is just about as good as it could have been. The dialogue is beautifully written and lifts much directly from Byron's letters and journals. The plot sticks closely to the known narrative and Byron's innate humour and humanism comes through loud and clear alongside the relentlessly emotional story of his life. The only drawback to the film is that his time in Switzerland with the Shelleys is not depicted, which would have probably taken this to 5 hours. Philip Glenister's Fletcher is also a comic joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freedom on 7 Jun. 2014
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Beautifully acted by everyone in the film, and you do get the feeling they enjoyed it. You can always tell when the actors have come together to produce something they think is worthwhile. Not exactly true to his story, but then it's just a drama, and a good one at that. Only 15 though? It ought to have had an 18 certificate I think, there are scenes in the film that I don't think are healthy for a 15 year old ...
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62 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2003
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This BBC 2-parter on the life of Lord Byron is simply stunning. Jonny Lee Miller captures the poet perfectly, and the girls are gorgeous. We go from Greece to London to Italy, back to Greece where he dies fighting for freedom. Fantastic. And beautifully shot.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KAW on 26 Dec. 2011
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It is difficult to make a biography of Byron boring but the BBC manage it in this production. The cast is peopled with several talented actors, but the characters are two dimensional. You can't feel the charisma of Byron, why women threw themselves at him and why people loved him despite his faults. This production makes incest and debauchary as pretty and tedious as afternoon tea. Many of the characters in the story of Byron were fascinating in their own right but I found that the only one I cared about was his man servant. Its a shame that it was not more like Desperate Romantics, also BBC which told a similar tale in a much more modern and interesting manner.
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Excellently choreographed film, but I'd have liked more quotes from Byron's works.
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By CHRISSIE on 24 Dec. 2014
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A good one for my collection.
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