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  • 1978
  • 1 Season
  • 8.2  (660)

Lillie is a British television drama series that first aired on ITV in 1978. The show, which spans across 13 episodes, is a biographical fictional account of the life of Lillie Langtry, a renowned actress, socialite, and mistress of King Edward VII. Francesca Annis leads the cast in the titular role of Lillie Langtry, a woman born into a modest family in the Channel Island of Jersey who rose to fame as one of the most sought-after actresses of her time. Annis delivers a powerful portrayal of Lillie, capturing the essence of her charisma and allure that caught the eye of many influential men in high society.

Anton Rodgers plays the role of Edward Langtry, Lillie's husband, who is portrayed as a supportive husband and businessman in the show. Denis Lill appears as Frederic, Lillie's close friend, and confidante who stands by her side through thick and thin. Peter Egan plays the role of Oscar Wilde, who falls deeply in love with Lillie but is unable to win her heart.

Other notable actors in the show include Peggy Ann Wood as Lillie's mother, Anthony Head as Prince Louis of Battenberg, John Castle as Prince Leopold, Simon Fisher Turner as Bertie, and David Rintoul as Prince Rudolf of Austria.

The show is expertly crafted, with dynamic writing, stunning performances, and gorgeous sets and costumes that transport the viewers back to 19th century Victorian era. The series features several prominent events of Lillie's life, including her debut performance in London's West End, her affair with Prince Louis of Battenberg, her friendship with Oscar Wilde, her marriage to Edward Langtry, and her tumultuous relationship with King Edward VII.

The show manages to balance the glamour and decadence of high society with the harsh realities of the times, including the poverty faced by many in Victorian England, as well as the social and class barriers that existed during that time. The show depicts Lillie's life as a woman who is constantly defying expectations and overcoming obstacles, all while never losing sight of her love of the stage.

Throughout the series, Lillie is depicted as a complex, nuanced character, who remains sympathetic to the viewers despite her flaws. Her ambition, wit, and intelligence is what sets her apart from the other women in high society, and it's what makes her such a compelling protagonist.

With its stellar cast and excellent production values, Lillie is a show that manages to capture the essence of 19th century England, while also offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the era's most fascinating women. It's an engaging, entertaining drama that is sure to captivate viewers with its blend of romance, drama, and historical intrigue.

Overall, Lillie is a must-watch for fans of period dramas, as well as anyone who appreciates a good story with compelling characters and top-notch production values. It's a timeless masterpiece of television, and it continues to be hailed as one of the greatest dramas ever made.

Lillie is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on September 24, 1978.

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Fifty Cents a Dance
13. Fifty Cents a Dance
December 17, 1978
Lillie enjoys her golden years with vitality. But as she mourns departed loved ones, she strives to reconcile with the one who matters the most.
Sunset and Evening Star
12. Sunset and Evening Star
December 10, 1978
Finally free of Edward, Lillie may marry whomever she pleases -- and she makes an unconventional choice indeed. Jeanne Marie falls in love.
Mr. Jersey
11. Mr. Jersey
December 3, 1978
Lillie endures Squire's abuse. Oscar and Lillie rekindle their friendship. Jeanne Marie discovers her mother's identity.
Home on the Range
10. Home on the Range
November 26, 1978
Lillie becomes an American citizen, but her continued reluctance to get a divorce distresses Freddie. Financial failures strain their relationship.
9. America!
November 19, 1978
Although Lillie delights in the spectacle in America, personal affairs overshadow. Her preoccupation with Freddie causes a rift with Henrietta.
Going on the Stage
8. Going on the Stage
November 12, 1978
Lillie hides her pregnancy from society to avoid scandal. Bankrupted and succumbing to alcoholism, Edward reaches his breaking point.
The Sailor Prince
7. The Sailor Prince
November 5, 1978
Lillie's affair with Bertie cools. The Langtrys sue for libel over a newspaper's false divorce report. Louis proposes to Lillie.
Let Them Say
6. Let Them Say
October 29, 1978
After the Prince of Austria pursues Lillie, Bertie acknowledges her as his mistress. However, Lillie grows dissatisfied with her role.
5. Bertie
October 22, 1978
The Prince of Wales draws Lillie into his circle. Lillie fears her heyday will end with the season, and a visitor prompts a review of her life.
The New Helen
4. The New Helen
October 15, 1978
Lillie rebuffs the King of Belgium's advances. Her refusal wins her the good graces of royalty. Lillie blames herself for her failed marriage.
The Jersey Lillie
3. The Jersey Lillie
October 8, 1978
Called "professional beauty," Lillie makes a splash with the crème de la crème, while her portraits enchant the masses. Her fame disconcerts Edward.
Mrs. Langtry
2. Mrs. Langtry
October 1, 1978
Confronted by her husband's debts, her loneliness, and estrangement from her brother Reggie, Lillie quickly regrets her choice in a spouse.
1. Emilie
September 24, 1978
Lillie Le Breton longs for little more than a peaceful life. When family secrets ruin her romance, Lillie marries as her escape.
Where to Watch Lillie
Lillie is available for streaming on the ITV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lillie on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 24, 1978
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (660)