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The Complete Forsyte Saga: Series 1 and 2 [DVD] 
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The Complete Forsyte Saga is a four-disc box set comprising series one and two of the television drama, which is based on the novels by John Galsworthy. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it profiles three generations of the Forsytes--an upper class Victorian family--and their relationships with each other, as they experience a tumultuous period in British history. Damian Lewis stars as Soames Forsyte, a rich London lawyer who marries the very gorgeous Irene (Gina McKee) in order to complete his picture-perfect life. The show also stars Ioan Gruffudd (as an architect named Phillip Bosinney), and Rupert Graves (as the serial-marrying painter and Irene's later husband, Young Jolyon Forsyte).
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We begin in the late Victorian period with the Forsytes, a very rich and powerful family who appear to have it all on the outside, but underneath lies deceit, betrayal, unhappiness and affairs.
Young Jolyon Foryste (Rupert Graves) is stuck in a loveless marriage with only his young daughter, June, as his happiness. When Jolyon falls in love with his daughter's nanny and leaves his wife, he is cast out by his father, Jolyon Forsyte Sr (Corin Redgrave brilliantly cast) and left to live in poverty.
Years later, Jolyon Sr is now looking after his beloved granddaughter, June (Gillian Kearney) and has come to deeply regret his estrangement with his son.
As he tries to rebuild a relationship lost, meanwhile the story now has shifted focus to the other side of the family - to Jolyon Sr's brother, James Forsyte, and his son Soames and daughter Winifred.
Young Soames (Damian Lewis), a solicitor attached to his father's business, has been brought up to think that men have higher rights over women and that people should follow codes of honor and duty.
When he meets pretty Irene (Gina McKee) he instantly becomes infatuated by her. Despite her reservations and concerns, Irene is pushed into marrying Soames for security. However she soon finds herself suffocated by a lonely marriage, after Soames becomes possesive and overbearing.
As her hatred towards her husband grows, tensions arise within the Forsytes, and tragedy ensues when Irene embarkes on a passionate affair with June's fiancee, the handsome Phillip Bosinney (Ioan Gruffudd).Read more ›
The plot focuses on the two conflicting sides of the Forsyte family, the children of elderly brothers James and Jolyon. Firstly, we have the open-minded but principled Jolyon Jnr (Graves). Having married a woman he did not love, Jolyon finds himself falling for Helene Hilner, his young daughter June's governess. When he commits the then scandalous act of leaving his wife for Helene, Jolyon is cut off by his father, Jolyon Snr (a perfectly cast Corrin Redgrave), and the rest of the family. Jolyon sets out to make a living with his artistic talents while he and Helene have two children, Holly and Joly. Years pass, and Jolyon Snr, now June's guardian, comes to regret his estrangement with his son, and seeks to make amends.
The other focus of the plot is on James's son, Soames (Lewis). Soames, the strictly proper but repressed 'man of property' meets and falls in love with the captivating and free-thinking Irene Heron, an orphan whose materialistic stepmother virtually forces reluctant Irene (Gina McKee) into marriage with him. Despite her friendship with Winifred (the charming Amanda Root) Soames's sister, and the now grow-up June, Irene just can't reconcile herself to this unsuited marriage and her controlling husband. When June's free-spirited architect fiance, Philip Bossiney (Gruffyd), arrives on the scene commissioned by Soames to build a country retreat for Irene and him, Irene realises what she's been missing and embarks on a dangerous affair that ends in tragedy and destruction.Read more ›
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I did not like it. The characters are pathetic and the story is incredibly slow and shallow.Published 23 days ago by nh2005
A fine series, wonderfully well cast and acted, with just a few shortcomings. Compared with the books and the landmark 1967 TV adaptation, it does feel somewhat abridged--perhaps a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Brecher
The full series of the Forsyte Saga. This series is not the original but includes a wealth of famous actors such as Damian Lewis and Rupert Graves. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer