Lillie (1978– )

Going on the Stage 

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Lillie gives birth to a daughter. To support herself, she goes on stage and becomes an instant hit.


Tony Wharmby


John Gorrie, James Brough (novel) | 2 more credits »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Francesca Annis ... Lillie
Anton Rodgers ... Edward Langtry
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Prince of Wales (Bertie)
Peter Egan ... Oscar Wilde
Jennie Linden ... Patsy Cornwallis-West
Annette Crosbie ... Henrietta Labouchere
Ann Firbank ... Princess Alexandra (Alix)
Patrick Holt ... Dean Le Breton
Peggy Ann Wood Peggy Ann Wood ... Mrs. Le Breton
Brian Deacon ... Frank Miles
David Gwillim ... Arthur Jones
Catherine Feller ... Dominique
Tony Church Tony Church ... Squire Bancroft
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Bancroft
John Barcroft John Barcroft ... Francis Knollys


Lillie is pregnant and flat out broke. She sells her possessions and moves back to Jersey and the Prince of Wales arranges for a loan of £2000. She goes to Paris where she gives birth to a baby girl, but she tells everyone she's taken in her niece. Bertie decides not to tell Prince Louis of the birth. Edward Langtry is in poor condition, drunk most of the time and resists giving Lillie a divorce. She decides to pursue a career on the stage and her first performance is a success. Her second performance, at the Haymarket Theater in the West End is a resounding success. She then plans a tour in the United States. Written by garykmcd

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12 November 1978 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Lillie is selling her furnishings, a reference is made to a stuffed peacock she keeps in the parlor. Dominique doesn't like the peacock, saying it is bad luck. This is a superstition which possibly arose from the supposed resemblance of the feathers' "eyes" to the evil eye. See more »

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