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Love For Lydia (1979)





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Adapted from the novel by H.E. Bates, the British miniseries Love for Lydia featured Mel Martin in the title role. A young and giddy heiress, Lydia spent the better part of the 1930s holding several eligible bachelors in her thrall. Meanwhile, long-suffering Edward Richardson (Christopher Blake), convinced that he'd be the heroine's one true love if only given the chance, stood quietly on the sidelines as the impulsive Lydia toyed with the emotions of his rivals. The 13 hour-long episodes of Love for Lydia were originally aired over London Weekend Television in 1977, then telecast in America as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning September 23, 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
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On DVD: Sep 9, 2003
Acorn Media


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Captivating tale of a wealthy heir to a fortune and her flirtatious ways. This 13 episode PBS presentation on Masterpiece Theatre in the U.S. in 1979. I was thrilled to be able to see this mini-series again after years believing it was unavailable.

Love for Lydia is slow paced, but it speaks to all those young romances that are terribly one sided. Lydia has many fall in love with her, but she laughs away their advances only to find herself rebuked by someone that doesn't care for her at all.

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I will summarize the first episode of this ten hour television series with perhaps more to follow.

Until then, Love for Lydia (1979) episode 1:

Episode 1:

Young 19 year old newspaper reporter despises his job and longs to be a novelist. By chance, he sees young Lydia Aspen, and is sent to report on her wealthy father's death.
The awkward first meeting of the two in the family mansion of her reclusive relatives is where she is sent to stay and where she is encouraged to socialize in the small town of Evensford by the senior sisters who care for her in their mansion.

But Lydia, though at first seen as shy, certainly is aware she has the Aspen name in England, something she thinks should encourage respect and royal treatment. She begins to treat the young men she meets the same way and can be rude and flirty yet they fall for her charm, looks and Aspen name. Our young reporter is attracted as well and begins to see the temper of Lydia on their first encounter skating which is she handles but due to a broken skate, is told she is like everyone else by the skate repair man. Storming off the pond, the reporter barely able to keep up, she jumps on a bus and nearly leaves without him. On getting home, she leaves him to show himself out of the mansion and retreats to her room, leaving her aunts disheartened at the day's events.

Episode 2:

The old skating pond continues a relationship between our clumsy newsboy and Lydia. The romance is now to the point Lydia is speaking with great enthusiasm and joy. She wants to know everything about the world and everyone in it. Her tour guide is depressed homebound news reporter boy.

Lydia has found herself happy now and is begining to rule the world with her smile and her class in merry old England. Our newsreporter finds out about her father, who had a relationship with a married woman and then later was found dead after a horse ride.

Till next time......


Episode 3:

The two lovebirds part, bickering over nothing. But they are soon reunited by the coaching of our Edward by a close playboy friend. He reunites these early romance duo by force. He brings an elegant car round to invite the pair to a ... a hemm... picnic. Well you know, it is 1930's pre-war England you know.

So they all go on this jolly ride to a picnic in the forrest and low and behold Lydia is having a grand old time, laughing and very attracted to Jeremy Irons, the very wise and playboy about town! But in this episode, confrontation erupts between the uncle and our young and naive newsboy (who btw quit his job as a news reporter).

Episode 4:
By now Lydia and Richardson are quite the talk of Evansford. An aunt of Lydia wants Richardson to take Lydia and his friends out to a benefit charity dance in the area. Alex, with a car of his own, can't get it started and this causes lots of delay and Lydia to feel she has been "stood up". Not so, eventually they all get to the dance and Alex kisses Lydia goodbye as he exits the group's limosine. (everyone kisses each other on leaving, so no big deal)

The episode ends with Richardson fuming jealous and Lydia leaving him in the yard of the Aspen mansion.

Episode 5:

Lydia has grown tired of the local scene. She finds the driver of their hired limosine attractive. After flirtation with all of Richardson's friends, Alex, Tom..... Lydia is fully aware she has a fortune inheritance awaiting her as of 21 and she says "never had to lift a finger" to get it.

Lydia's big birthday bash, as she wished it, was to invite the entire town to the Aspen mansion. Lydia wants to move on in her life though she promises fidelity with naive and young Richardson.


Just an engrossing, captivating film based on the novel Love for Lydia by Bates. Unless you buy the VHS set or DVD, you won't be able to see this deep drama anywhere.


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