The Pallisers (1974– )

Part Fifteen 

Finn ignores Kennedy's insistence that he not visit Laura in Dresden and finds himself being pressured by a tabloid journalist with an embarrassing letter.


Ronald Wilson


Anthony Trollope (based on the novels of), Simon Raven (written for television by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hampshire ... Glencora
Philip Latham ... Plantagenet
Roland Culver ... Duke of Omnium
Donal McCann ... Phineas Finn
Barbara Murray ... Marie Goesler
Anna Massey ... Laura Kennedy
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Robert Kennedy
Peter Sallis ... Mr. Bonteen
Bryan Pringle ... Mr. Monk
Roger Livesey ... Duke of St. Bungay
Moray Watson ... Barrington Erle
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Lizzie
Anthony Ainley ... Rev. Emilius
Donald Pickering ... Dolly Longstaffe
Clifford Rose ... Quintus Slide


Phineas Finn ignores Barrington Erle's advice and agrees to meet Kennedy before his trip to Dresden to see Laura. The Irishman ignores Kennedy's pleas not to go, but agrees to carry a message to his estranged wife. He advises Laura not to return to Kennedy as he has become irrational and obsessed with religion even though her father wishes to return to England to try to recover her dowry. Upon his return Finn is pressured by tabloid reporter Quintus Slide to grant him an exclusive story about the Kennedys or he will publish an embarrassing letter written by Kennedy, who accuses Finn of inappropriate behavior. Finn tries vainly to reason with the irrational Kennedy, who tries to shoot him. Plantagenet and other influential politicians intervene and get an injunction against the sleazy Slide. The Duke spends his last days reminiscing with Madame Max, and Reverend Emilius becomes very comfortable in his new role as Lizzie Eustace's husband. Written by

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Drama | Romance



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27 April 1974 (UK) See more »

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Dolly Longstaffe: Heaven, this place is dreary on Sundays! I do believe I'd be joyer at church.
Mr. Monk: Then why not give it a go?
Dolly Longstaffe: For the same reason that you don't, Monk. That I can't get up any interest in it.
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