Disraeli (TV serial)

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Screenplay by David Butler
Directed by Claude Whatham
Theme music composer Wilfred Josephs
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Producer(s) Cecil Clarke
Location(s) England
Editor(s) Al Pigden
Production company(s) Associated Television
Distributor Granada Productions
Original network ITV (UK)
PBS's Masterpiece Theatre (US)
Original release 5 September 1978 (1978-09-05) (UK)
1 June 1980 (1980-06-01) (US)

Disraeli is a British four-part serial about the great statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Benjamin Disraeli. It was originally featured on British network ITV. With a screenplay by David Butler, it was produced by Cecil Clarke and directed by Claude Whatham. It focused on Disraeli's personal life as much as it did on his political persona spanning five decades of his life. Shot on site in England, it ended up with multiple Emmy nominations. It was broadcast in the US as part of Masterpiece Theatre in 1980. Distributed by Granada Productions, it is available in a 2-disc DVD set that runs 4 hours and 13 minutes.


The series starts with Disraeli already a young man, trying to make connections in high society and eventually run for office several times, unsuccessfully. Much of his personal life is covered, and his more successful involvement with politics starts in the second episode, which ends with his being sworn in as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The rest of the series chronicles his rise to power, the death of his wife and his two terms as prime minister.


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