Henry Fox
s III, Duke of Richmond
Older George Napier
Party Guest
Lord Kildare
Lady Louisa
Party Guest
Young Edward Fitzgerald
Older Ogilvie
George Napier Martin
Lady Caroline
St. Fox
Lord Edward Fitzgerald
Lady Sarah
Susan Fox-Strangways
Fox's Butler
Tom Conolly
Older Lady Louisa
Older Lady Emily
Older Tom Conolly
Older Lady Sarah
Charles James Fox
Lady Emily
William Fitzgerald
Mary III Duchess
Older Charles III Duke
Louisa's Maid
Gaol Governor
Second Guest
Older Mary III Duchess
Rebel Leader
Harvest Supper Assailant
Harvest Singer
Older William Fitzgerald
Little Eddy
United Irish Soldier 2
Older Charles James Fox
Harvest Woman 1
United Irish Soldier 1
Arthur O'Connor
Harvest Woman 2

George Anton
Alun Armstrong
Tom Beard
Jeremy Bulloch
Desmond Cunningham
Ben Daniels
Anne-Marie Duff
Patrick Duncan
Andrew Fitzsimons
David Gant
Glyn Murray
Serena Gordon
Toby Jones
John Light
Tom Maguire
Jodhi May
Pauline McLynn
Brendan Morrissey
Tom Mullion
Diana Quick
Siân Phillips
Paul Ridley
Sheila Ruskin
Hugh Sachs
Geraldine Somerville
Adam Webb
Katherine Wogan
Virginie Aster
Geoffrey Beevers
Sabina Brennan
Paul Buckley
Richard Croxford
Carmen Du Sautoy
Peter Holmes
Michael McCabe
Michael McElhatton
Brian McGuinness
Ciaran McMahon
Martin Phillips
Eoin O'Driscoll
Peter O'Meara
Trevor Ray
Gene Rooney
Paul Roe
Tony Tormey
Helen Walsh

"If it's quality TV you're after then by all means check out Aristocrats."

New York Daily News

ARISTOCRATS, a dazzling adaptation of Stella Tillyard's acclaimed family chronicle set in eighteenth-century England and Ireland, tells the true story of the fascinating Lennox sisters.

cccCaroline (Serena Gordon), the oldest, spurns her parents' plans for an arranged marriage by eloping with Henry Fox (Alun Armstrong), a middle-aged politician with a past. He becomes one of the most powerful men in Parliament -- and one of the most despised.

cccEmily (Geraldine Somerville) lands Lord Kildare (Ben Daniels), a noble of impeccable credentials, except that he's Irish -- an insuperable handicap in the eyes of the sisters' parents, Lord and Lady Richmond (Julian Fellowes and Diane Fletcher). They relent, and Emily goes on to produce twenty-two children with Kildare and his spousal successor, William Ogilvie (George Anton), a free-thinking schoolmaster. One of Emily's sons, Edward Fitzgerald (John Light), earns fame and martyrdom as an Irish patriot.

cccLouisa (Anne-Marie Duff) makes a far more sedate match with the richest man in Ireland, Thomas Conolly (Tom Mullion). To all appearances they lead an exemplary life. Well, at least she does.

cccLess exemplary is Sarah (Jodhi May), who starts spectacularly by catching the eye of the Prince of Wales, soon to be King George III (Luke De Lacy). Sensing advancement beyond his wildest dreams, Henry Fox does all he can to encourage the match. But it falls through, and after suffering through a loveless marriage to Sir Charles Bunbury (Andrew Havill), Sarah eventually becomes a fallen woman. She later finds true happiness with an uncomplicated military man and settles down to produce a brood of future soldiers.

cccAlso starring are Siân Phillips as the older Emily, who narrates the series and appears in its final episode, and Clive Swift as the irascible King George II.

cccFilmed entirely in Ireland, Aristocrats includes scenes shot at Carton House, Emily and Lord Kildare's country estate near Dublin, with its strange seashell cottage.

cccProducer David Snodin (Great Expectations) notes that, among other scrupulous period details, the film's costumes are "absolutely correct" and even show the subtle shift in styles during the half century covered in the series. "The dresses start off as massive affairs with huge bustles and become more flowing as the century progresses. It was a period of great social change and the fashions reflect that," he says.