Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic

Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic

Four-part biography of famed 19th century British statesman Benjamin Disraeli that starred Ian McShane in the title role. The series first aired in Great Britain in September of 1978 then in the United States in June of 1980 as an installment of Masterpiece Theatre.

Episode Info

Final: 1x04 -- The Chief (Sep/26/1978)

Disraeli's beloved wife, Mary Anne, passes away but he's elected party leader and steers the Conservatives to a landslide victory in the 1872 elections. As Prime Minister, Disraeli shows his greatness by implementing reforms at hom and pursuing a successful foreign policy.
Rosemary LeachRosemary Leach
As Queen Victoria
Rosemary LeachRosemary Leach
As Queen Victoria

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Producer: Cecil Clarke
Production Designer: Anthony Waller
Casting: Joan Brown
Music: Wilfred Josephs
Costume Designer: Ann Hollowood, Sheelagh Killeen
Make-up: Sheila Mann
Sound Director: Henry Bird

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Recurring Guests

John Carlisle as William Gladstone (6 eps)
Mary Peach as Mary Anne Lewis (5 eps)
Brett Usher as Edward Lytton Bulwer (5 eps)
Leigh Lawson (1) as Count Alfred D'Orsay (4 eps)
Frances Bennett as Lady Chesterfield (4 eps)
Jeremy Clyde as Lord John Manners (4 eps)
John Gregg (1) as Lord Salisbury (4 eps)
Margaret Whiting as Lady Blessing (4 eps)
Brendan Barry as Sir Stafford Northcote (4 eps)
Aubrey Morris as Isaac Disraeli (3 eps)

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