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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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However, if you are not a purist about that, then the rest of the story will delight. The older version of the Saga tends to try and make Soames out to be a bit of a villain - which he isn't really. Yes he is chauventistic and a bit of a straight-laced Victorian, but the story is all about the changing values and mores of society at a turbulent period in history. We see in Soames someone who is confused and frequently lost as all the values by which he and his parents have lived their lives are swept away at the turn of the new 20th century with technology and social upheaval. The story focuses on these changes through the lens of the effects they had on one family - the Forsytes - who had epitomised the successful Victorian family. This is an excellent version of it - and I just wished they'd gone on and made the next series of episodes that Galsworthy wrote about (The White Monkey/ The Silver Spoon /Swan Song) about Soames and his relationship with Fleur when she's married to Michael Mont.
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 ›
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I was an avid viewer of this when it appeared on tv., and just had to have the dvd. This updated version is so much better than the original- unusual I know but it is - with Damian... Read morePublished 2 months ago by red squirrel
I did not like it. The characters are pathetic and the story is incredibly slow and shallow.Published 7 months ago by nh2005