Set in 1918, writer Vita Sackville-West and British aristocrat Harold Nicolson are a golden couple, who socialised in high society literary circles and whose friends included Virginia Woolf and T S Elliot.
Married in 1913, their love endured and deepended over the course of their 50 years together. Each, however, was knowingly and repeatedly unfaithful to the other, Vita most famously with fellow writer Virginia Woolf. But only one affair threatened their union: Vita's tempestuous liaison with her childhood friend Violet Keppel.
This 1990 BBC drama is the story of that affair based on an extraordinary literary biography by Nigel Nicolson, Vita and Harold's son.
Starring Janet McTeer (Songcatcher, The Governor), David Haig (Keeping Mum, Campion) and Cathryn Harrison (Original Sin, Wuthering Heights).
This adaptation of Portrait of a Marriage won 3 Bafta Awards.