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The First Churchills

The First Churchills

The First Churchills was the very first installment of the classic and long-running PBS anthology series Masterpiece Theater. The First Churchills was based on Winston Churchill's biography about his famous ancestors, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and his wife, Sarah. The storyline dealt with their relationship with each other as well as various royal figures in Great Britain with whom they had dealings. John Neville and Susan Hampshire starred in the title roles as John and Sarah Churchill.

Episode Info

Final: 1x12 -- Not Without Honor (Dec/13/1969)

John and Sarah continue to be excluded from court but the death of Queen Anne brings about a change in status. Prince George, Elector of Hanover, ascends the throne and restores the Churchills to favor thus allowing them to live out their days as heroes of the nation.
John NevilleJohn Neville
As John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough
Susan HampshireSusan Hampshire
As Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
John StandingJohn Standing
As Sidney Godolphin

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Producer: Donald Wilson (1)
Editor: Alastair Mackay
Music: Marcus Dods
Costume Designer: Joan Ellacott
Set Designer: Spencer Chapman
Based On The Works Of: Winston Churchill
Cinematographer: John McGlashan
Choreographer: Geraldine Stephenson

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Recurring Guests

Robert Robinson (3) as Louis XIV (11 eps)
Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne (9 eps)
John Ringham as Laurence Hyde (8 eps)
Roger Mutton as Prince George of Denmark (8 eps)
Alan Rowe as William, Prince of Orange (7 eps)
Michael Culver as Charles Churchill (6 eps)
Lisa Daniely as Princess Mary (6 eps)
John Westbrook as James, Duke of York (6 eps)
Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury (6 eps)
James Kerry (1) as James, Duke of Monmouth (5 eps)

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