By the Sword Divided

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By the Sword Divided
Genre Historical Drama
Created by John Hawkesworth
Starring Julian Glover
Sharon Maughan
Jeremy Clyde
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 20
Production company(s) BBC
Original network BBC1
Original release 16 October 1983 – 10 March 1985

By the Sword Divided is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1983 and 1985.

The series, created by John Hawkesworth was a historical drama set during the mid 17th century, dealing with the impact of the English Civil War on the fictional Lacey family, made up of both Royalist and Parliamentarian supporters.

It follows the family as it is torn apart by the conflicting and changing loyalties of the war, as families were during that time, and the defeat of the Royalist forces at the end of the First English Civil War. Series two covers the second and third civil wars and the eventual Restoration of the Monarchy. The last episodes see the surviving members of the family (from both sides of the divide) witness the arrival of King Charles II on a visit to the ancestral Lacey home.



Series 1[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Gather ye Rosebuds" Henry Herbert Jeremy Paul 16 October 1983 (1983-10-16)
2 "This War Without an Enemy" Henry Herbert John Hawkesworth 23 October 1983 (1983-10-23)
3 "The Sound of Drums" Henry Herbert Alfred Shaughnessy 30 October 1983 (1983-10-30)
4 "A Silver Moon" Henry Herbert Jeremy Paul 6 November 1983 (1983-11-06)
5 "The Edge of the Sword" Henry Herbert Alexander Baron 13 November 1983 (1983-11-13)
6 "Outrageous Fortune" Brian Farnham Alfred Shaughnessy 20 November 1983 (1983-11-20)
7 "A Sea of Dangers" Brian Farnham John Hawkesworth 27 November 1983 (1983-11-27)
8 "Ring of Fire" Brian Farnham John Hawkesworth 4 December 1983 (1983-12-04)
9 "Ashes to Ashes" Brian Farnham Jeremy Paul 11 December 1983 (1983-12-11)
10 "Not Peace, But a Sword" Brian Farnham Alexander Baron 18 December 1983 (1983-12-18)

Series 2[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
11 "Conflicts" Brian Farnham Jeremy Paul 6 January 1985 (1985-01-06)
12 "Cruel Necessity" Brian Farnham John Hawkesworth 13 January 1985 (1985-01-13)
13 "Cromwell at Arnescote" Brian Farnham Carey Harrison 20 January 1985 (1985-01-20)
14 "Witch Hunt" Brian Farnham Alexander Baron 27 January 1985 (1985-01-27)
15 "Escape" Brian Farnham Jeremy Paul 3 February 1985 (1985-02-03)
16 "Fateful Days" Michael Custance Alexander Baron 10 February 1985 (1985-02-10)
17 "Forlorn Hope" Michael Custance Alexander Baron 17 February 1985 (1985-02-17)
18 "The Mailed Fist" Michael Custance Alexander Baron 24 February 1985 (1985-02-24)
19 "Retribution" Diarmuid Lawrence Jeremy Paul 3 March 1985 (1985-03-03)
20 "Restoration" Diarmuid Lawrence John Hawkesworth 10 March 1985 (1985-03-10)

Film locations[edit]

The filming for the programme took place at Fermyn Woods Hall, Rockingham Castle and Lilford Hall in Northamptonshire.[1]

DVD release[edit]

By the Sword Divided is available on DVD in the UK, distributed by Acorn Media UK.


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