The Forsyte Saga

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  • 2002
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.4  (991)

The Forsyte Saga is the story of the Forsyte family over several years. They are an upper-middle class family that is just a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors. The two main characters, Soames Forsyte and Jolyon Forsyte Jr., are first cousins. Soames sees himself as a man of property, though it does not bring him happiness. This strait-laced solicitor only has two weaknesses, his wife Irene and his daughter Fleur. Jolyon is an artist who abandons his wife and mother of his children for his children's nanny. The lives of the family intersect over 30 years. Granada Television, the only original ITV contractor still broadcasting, produced the miniseries with the help of PBS station WGBH. The show's executive producer was Andy Harries, who worked on such shows as DCI Banks and Wallander. Granada has produced such shows as the popular Brideshead Revisited. It has helped the careers of people such as Russell T. Davies and Sacha Baron Cohen. The story was adapted from the John Galsworthy serial novel of the same name. Galsworthy, who was a member of the Order of Merit, won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932 for The Forsyte Saga. He based the story on his own family, who was new money like the fictional Forsyte family. At one time, he turned down a knighthood. His work The Skin Game was adapted to the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock. Damien Lewis stars as Soames Forsyte. He currently stars in Homeland. He studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Daniel Craig and Joseph Fiennes. Rupert Graves played Jolyon Forsyte Jr. The British born actor has also appeared in Doctor Who, Sherlock and MI:5. Irene Forsyte was played by Gina McKee. She has been in The Borgias and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

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Episode 5
5. Episode 5
June 22, 2001
Period drama series based on John Galsworthy's novels. Fleur tells Soames she is in love with Jon. Irene opposes the marriage but says it rests with Jon.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
June 15, 2003
Fleur begs her father to go to Robin Hill and intercede on her behalf. Once in Irene's company, Soames becomes overcome with feelings about the past. Defending his mother, Jon turns against Soames and shuns Fleur. Heartsick and blaming her father, Fleur shuts herself away until her mother returns home and counsels her to be more practical about marriage.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
June 8, 2003
Determined to be with Fleur, and furious at his parents' objections, Jon moves into a cottage near the farm. Fleur joins him for a few idyllic days, and they vow to elope to Scotland. The plan goes smoothly until Jolyon's illness and a chance encounter with Soames forces the families' ugly secret out into the open. Mont presses his suit with Fleur, but she remains steadfastly attached to Jon. As he grieves, Jon begins to feel torn between Fleur and his mother.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
June 1, 2003
Having already declared their love for each other, Fleur and Jon wonder about the secret that divides their families. Soames arranges a house party to distract Fleur and pairs her with the dashing Michael Mont for tennis. To please his father, Jon reluctantly agrees to accompany his mother on a three-month holiday abroad, but Irene cuts the trip short when she realizes that the separation from Fleur has only strengthened Jon's feelings for her. Crushed to discover that the flirtatious Profond has turned his attentions to another married woman, Winifred berates Dartie for his years of drinking and gambling.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
May 25, 2003
With their families bitterly estranged, Fleur Forsyte and her cousin Jon know nothing of each other until they accidentally meet as children and cause a puzzling uproar among the adults. By the next time they meet, at June's gallery, Fleur has grown into a spirited and ravishing young woman and Jon a sensitive and attractive young man. They are drawn to each other, though their families recoil at the idea of any contact between them. Accustomed to getting anything she wants, Fleur cleverly evades her father's dictate and pursues Jon to the country, where he is trying his hand at farming.
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The Forsyte Saga is the story of the Forsyte family over several years. They are an upper-middle class family that is just a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors. The two main characters, Soames Forsyte and Jolyon Forsyte Jr., are first cousins. Soames sees himself as a man of property, though it does not bring him happiness. This strait-laced solicitor only has two weaknesses, his wife Irene and his daughter Fleur. Jolyon is an artist who abandons his wife and mother of his children for his children's nanny. The lives of the family intersect over 30 years.

Granada Television, the only original ITV contractor still broadcasting, produced the miniseries with the help of PBS station WGBH. The show's executive producer was Andy Harries, who worked on such shows as DCI Banks and Wallander. Granada has produced such shows as the popular Brideshead Revisited. It has helped the careers of people such as Russell T. Davies and Sacha Baron Cohen.

The story was adapted from the John Galsworthy serial novel of the same name. Galsworthy, who was a member of the Order of Merit, won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932 for The Forsyte Saga. He based the story on his own family, who was new money like the fictional Forsyte family. At one time, he turned down a knighthood. His work The Skin Game was adapted to the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock.

Damien Lewis stars as Soames Forsyte. He currently stars in Homeland. He studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Daniel Craig and Joseph Fiennes. Rupert Graves played Jolyon Forsyte Jr. The British born actor has also appeared in Doctor Who, Sherlock and MI:5. Irene Forsyte was played by Gina McKee. She has been in The Borgias and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

The Forsyte Saga is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on October 6, 2002.

Where to Watch The Forsyte Saga

The Forsyte Saga is available for streaming on the Acorn Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Forsyte Saga on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 6, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (991)