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Love in a Cold Climate

All Episodes 1980

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  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1980-10-29T00:00:00+00:00
  • 60 mins
  • 7 hours, 31 mins (8 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama
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This is the 1980 serialization of Nancy Mitford's books The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate - fictionalized accounts, from the 1920s to the war years of the 1940s, of the youth and love-life of a circle of English debs based on the famous Mitford sisters, Nancy, Jessica, Unity, Diana and Deborah. The central characters of the series are Linda, Louisa and Jassy Radlett, their parents Lord and Lady Alconleigh (otherwise Uncle Matt and Aunt Sadie, memorably played by Michael Aldridge and Judi Dench), the Radletts' cousin Fanny Logan (who lives with them because her mother, 'The Bolter', runs off with a variety of men) and their friend Lady Polly Hampton, daughter of a Viceroy of India. Because Polly (Rosalyn Landor) is an only child, her father's ancient titles and great estates will go to a distant Canadian cousin, Cedric Hampton (Michael Cochrane), believed to be some kind of lumberjack.
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8 episodes

1x01 Child Hunt

  • Series Premiere

    1980-10-29T00:00:00+00:00 — 51 mins

We meet the Radlett family engaged in one of its happiest pursuits - Lord Alconleigh hunts his daughters with bloodhounds.

1x02 Coming Out

  • 1980-11-05T00:00:00+00:00 — 49 mins

The Radlett girls (with cousin Fanny and friend Polly) begin to take their first steps into Society and in pursuit of Love. Of them all, only Lady Polly seems to have no interest in the latter.

1x03 Rings and Things

  • 1980-11-12T00:00:00+00:00 — 51 mins

Engagements to be married come about for good and bad reasons - and some are more approved of than others.

1x04 The Merry Widower

  • 1980-11-19T00:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

We are reminded that it is not only the younger generation which has amorous ambitions. Lady Polly finally chooses her mate, to the astonishment of the fashionable world and the horrified disbelief of her mother.

1x05 Heir Apparent

  • 1980-11-26T00:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Lord Montdore's heir, Cedric Hampton, who is a distant cousin in Canada, is feared to be an obscure redneck. But truth can be stranger than fiction.

1x06 Foreigners Are Fiends

  • 1980-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Lord Alconleigh's fondest memories of youth are of slaughtering Germans with an entrenching tool in the course of hand-to-hand warfare, and he has no greater fondness for foreigners of other nations. Thus it is that he lacks enthusiasm for welcoming the non-English into the heart of his own family...

1x07 Monsieur Le Duc

  • 1980-12-10T00:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Linda Radlett, after abandoning first her husband and child, next her Communist lover, Christian, falls in love for the last time - with a French duke whom she meets while in tears and sitting on a suitcase in a Paris railway station.

1x08 In Love and War

  • 1980-12-17T00:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

With the coming of War, the Radlett daughters have re-assembled in the family home, where there is a surprising arrival from overseas. The series ends in deaths - one of them unexpected.

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