Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The year was 1970 -- the series was first broadcast in 1967 but somehow I missed it. Anyway at the ripe old age of 15, I was watching the series on PBS. Every Sunday night at 8 PM without fail I was glued to the screen of our old black-and-white TV as the lives of Irene, Jolyon, Fleur and most of all Soames, unfolded in Victorian and 1920s England. The Forsytes were a monied and conservative family and the sprawling saga touched on things like unfaithfulness, rape, family rifts, divorce and a host of other juicy subjects.
The actors were attractive and honored English men and women acting in a series where production values could be somewhat questionable. But that didn't matter, I was hooked. And it didn't take long for me to start reading the book that this series was based on -- the similarly named The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. I bought a copy of the hardback and read it till its spine gave out.
|Soames (Eric Porter)|
|An entry from my diary in 1970 -- "I adore 'The Forsyte Saga.'"|
|The erstwhile Monty and wife Winifred (1967)|
|Monty and Winifred (2002)|
God has a way of giving me gifts when I need them -- and this new version of my teenage obsession works well to entertain as well as enlighten me. Long live the Forsytes!
Posted by Melinda at 11:09 AM