Aristocrats (R) TV-PG
Airing June 3, 10 and 17, 2001 on PBS
(Check local listings)
Aired previously October 1999
Based on Stella Tillyard's bestseller that "made history sexy again" (London Sunday Times), this encore presentation of Aristocrats tells the true story of the bewitching Lennox sisters: Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah. Great-granddaughters of King Charles II and his French mistress, they live up to their mixed heritage by tempting scandal with their unconventional ideas and daring affairs.
A sweeping saga of a noble family's disgrace and fall, spanning two generations, Aristocrats is a dazzling adaptation, an acclaimed family chronicle set against the spectacular backdrop of palaces, country estates and ballrooms of eighteenth-century England and Ireland.
What producer David Snodin (Great Expectations) finds most striking is that the story is absolutely true. "As far as characters and plot, Aristocrats could be a classic novel. But it isn't. It actually happened."
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