The First Churchills Season 1

Season 1

The First Churchills Season 1

First Air Date: September 27, 1969

First Aired on    :   1969
Episodes    :   12 episodes



Episodes

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1x12 Not Without Honour (December 13, 1969)


Marlborough continues his success in the war against France, but his prestige at home and with Anne has been impaired by the devious backstairs intrigue of Robert Harley.


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1x11 Breaking the Circle (December 06, 1969)


To save the Holy Roman Empire from French invasion Marlborough led his allied troops into Germany and defeated the French at the Battle of Blenheim.


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1x10 A Famous Victory (November 29, 1969)


Before he died William III recognised Marlborough as his successor in the task of defeating France. With the accession of Anne, John and Sarah have risen to a position of pre-eminence.


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1x09 Reconciliation (November 22, 1969)


In an atmosphere of national panic John, falsely accused of Jacobite treachery, has been imprisoned for a time in the Tower. After Mary's death, William receives Anne at Court.


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1x08 The Queens Command (November 15, 1969)


William III, with Churchill's help, has defeated James' attempted invasion of Ireland. John has been suspected of treason and dismissed from Court. Princess Anne has refused to obey her sister Mary and part with Sarah.


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1x07 Trial of Strength (November 08, 1969)


John Churchill owed much to James II. But the King was clearly determined to destroy the Protestant religion and the laws of England, so John decided to support William of Orange and the Revolution of 1688.


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1x06 The Protestant Wind (November 01, 1969)


Monmouth, the hope of the Protestant rebels, was defeated by John Churchill at Sedgemoor.


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1x05 Rebellion (October 25, 1969)


Charles has been forced to send James into exile and to dissolve his factious parliament at Oxford. The Princess Anne has married George, Prince of Denmark, and has chosen Sarah to be one of her Ladies of the Bedchamber.


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1x04 The Lion and the Unicorn (October 18, 1969)


The rage against Popery in England continues. James, Duke of Monmouth, has become the protégé of Shaftesbury who plans to make him King. But Churchill has refused to support Monmouth. Charles has resisted all pressure to disinherit his brother James.


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1x03 Plot Counter-Plot (October 11, 1969)


John and Sarah have married. Lord Shaftesbury has threatened Charles with rebellion. To appease his Protestant Parliament, Charles has arranged a marriage between Mary and the Prince of Orange.


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1x02 Bridals (October 04, 1969)


In 1675 a masque was performed at the Court of Charles II at Whitehall. There the young soldier John Churchill, Groom of the Bedchamber to the King's brother, fell in love with a pretty lady-in-waiting, Sarah Jennings.


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1x01 The Chaste Nymph (September 27, 1969)


At the court of Charles II, young John Churchill advances his career by serving the king’s bastard son, Monmouth, in the field of battle, and by bedding the king’s mistress, the Duchess of Cleveland. Young Sarah Jennings is also advancing at court, by befriending the king’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of York, and teaching the York princesses, Mary and Anne, the art of gambling. At a court masque, the two meet, and sparks fly.




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