Aristocrats (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Written by Biography:
Stella Tillyard
Harriet O'Carroll
Directed by David Caffrey
Composer(s) Mark Thomas
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Kevin Menton
Rod Stoneman
Rebecca Eaton
Michael Wearing
Location(s) Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
Editor(s) Neil Thomson
Running time 300 min. (6 episodes)
Original network BBC One
Picture format 14:9
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release 20 June (1999-06-20) – 25 July 1999 (1999-07-25)

Aristocrats is a 1999 television series based on the biography by Stella Tillyard of the five aristocratic Lennox sisters in 18th century England. The series consists of six episodes of 50 minutes each and was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC, starting on 20 June 1999. It was a co-production between the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Republic of Ireland.


  • Episode 1 - broadcast 20 June 1999
  • Episode 2 - broadcast 27 June 1999
  • Episode 3 - broadcast 4 July 1999
  • Episode 4 - broadcast 11 July 1999
  • Episode 5 - broadcast 18 July 1999
  • Episode 6 - broadcast 25 July 1999


Character Played By
Lady Caroline Lennox Serena Gordon
Lady Louisa Lennox Anne-Marie Duff
Lady Emily Lennox Geraldine Somerville
Narrator / Older Lady Emily Lennox Siân Phillips
Lady Sarah Lennox Jodhi May
Lord Holland Alun Armstrong
Lord Kildare Ben Daniels
Duke of Richmond Julian Fellowes
Duchess of Richmond Diane Fletcher
Thomas Conolly Tom Mullion
Sir Charles Bunbury, Bt Andrew Havill
William Ogilvie George Anton
Lord Edward FitzGerald John Light
King George II Clive Swift
Lord Beaufield Richard Dempsey
Little Eddie Eoin O'Driscoll


The series was nominated in 1999 for two Awards by the Irish Film and Television Awards for "Best Craft Contribution," and "Best Television Drama." It also was nominated for two awards by the Native American population, including " Best Costume Design," and "Best Make Up."[1]

DVD release[edit]

All six parts of the miniseries were released in a DVD boxset on 8 August 2006. The set includes three discs containing all the episodes.[2]


  • DVD-featurettes on "Aristocrats"-DVD

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