Directed by: Peter Hall
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 258 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 19 May 2008
Cat No: C4DVD10230
Screen ratio 1:1.33
Dolby Digital 2.0
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The Camomile Lawn
In 1939 England, the Cuthbertsons - Helena (Felicity Kendal) and Richard (Paul Eddington), a war cripple - live in Cornwall with their... Read More
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Mary Wesley, The Camomile Lawn – a saga covering the lives, loves and liaisons of the Cuthbertson family against the backdrop of WWII – created a universal appeal on television through its lovely performances and beautiful production values. A fair amount of sexually explicit activity among its young and attractive cast did nothing to dampen its audience’s ardour either, though was controversial so close to the 9pm watershed.
Beginning on the eve of WWII, which comes to interrupt the sun-filled summer of 1939, the gossipy drama unfolds as an oral history of the family. Like the best period dramas, it gives us strong, fallible characters and sumptuous costumes and scenery – not least that surrounding the Cornish clifftop residence. Felicity Kendall has a grand old time as Aunt Helena, alternatively snobbish and endearing, whilst Jennifer Ehle steals scenes as Calypso, the vampish daughter who would rather pretend she married her husband for wealth than admit to any feelings of love.