Affairs of the Heart - Details, Package Art for Series 2 of the UK Show Based on Henry James' Work
2-DVD set coming from Acorn Media this September
Posted by David Lambert
Classic tales of love and loss, based on the fiction of Henry James. Peer into the drawing rooms of Victorian high society in these vintage adaptations of James' writings. This enchanting collection plays out the tensions and travails of late 19th-century romance, in which English accents encounter American attitudes to powerful effect. Follow the drama as it unfolds in six scintillating episodes. The superb casts include Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain), Sinéad Cusack (North and South), Edward Hardwicke (The Return of Sherlock Holmes), Cheryl Campbell (Chariots of Fire), Daniel Massey (Star!), and Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street). Based on Daisy Miller, An International Episode, and other beloved stories by Henry James, the series explores the delicate affairs of the heart with subtlety and strength.
Acorn Media presents Affairs of the Heart - Series 2, a 2-DVD set running 302 minutes for 6 episodes. Additional features include a Henry James biography and cast filmographies. Cost is $39.99 SRP for the U.S., and CA$52.99 SRP in Canada. It is available on September 15th. Here are the episodes and descriptions, followed by the package art:
Episode 1: Emma
Based on "Lord Beauprey": Emma Gosselin and Guy Beauprey have been friends since childhood, but their relationship takes a twist when he inherits a family fortune. Guy asks Emma to enter into an engagement of convenience to ward off his more persistent admirers. An amorous American complicates matters for Emma, as do the machinations of her meddling mother.
Episode 2: Bessie
Based on An International Episode: Everything that American Bessie Alden knows and loves about England and the aristocracy comes from books. When she meets the charming and eager Lord Lambeth, he seems like the perfect catch. However, Lambeth's mother moves to block the romance. Can Bessie outmaneuver her?
Episode 3: Kate
Based on "The Bench of Desolation": When bookstore owner Herbert Dodd breaks off his engagement to Kate Cookham, she embarks on a drastic course of action both to ruin him and to win him back. Despite Herbert's mounting enmity, Kate sticks to her plan, vowing to repay her former lover-with interest.
Episode 4: Daisy
Based on Daisy Miller: With scant regard for convention, upstate New Yorker Daisy Miller flirts her way from Lake Geneva to Rome. Her actions dismay admirer Frederick Winterbourne, whose English reserve prevents him from being as demonstrative as his Italian rivals. It takes a tragedy to reveal the hidden feelings on all sides.
Episode 5: Leonie
Based on "Nona Vincent": Leonie Alsager will do almost anything to make her young lover's new play a success, including secretly financing its production. But she soon realizes what success will really require-and its high personal cost. Leonie must decide whether she's willing to pay the price.
Episode 6: Elizabeth
Based on "The Great Condition": Bertram Braddle and Henry Chilver compete for the affections of Elizabeth Damerel, a mysterious woman from the American Midwest. While Henry rushes headlong into romance, Bertram investigates the secrets of Elizabeth's former life.