The Young Visiters

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This made-for-TV British comedy begins at the turn of the century, as bumbling ironmonger Alfred Salteena (Jim Broadbent) meets a pretty girl named Ethel Monticue (Lyndsey Marshal) on a train and invites her to his London flat. Hoping to impress the girl, Alfred brags about all the "important" people he knows; swallowing the line whole, the covetous Ethel insists upon meeting Alfred's illustrious acquaintance. Enter Lord Bernard Clark (Hugh Laurie), a seedy nobleman who offers to train Alfred to be a social lion so that he'll be more acceptable to Ethel; what Lord Bernard doesn't tell Alfred is that he intends to keep Ethel for himself. Much of the humor arises from Alfred's experiences at a high-society "boot camp" run by an indigent aristocrat, the Earl of Clincham (Bill Nighy). The Young Visiters was written in 1890 by Daisy Ashford -- who was all of nine years old at the time! The book remained on the shelf until it was published, misspellings and all, in 1919, with a preface by James M. Barrie (whom many reviewers suspected of being the novel's true author). First telecast in the U.K. on December 26, 2003, the film won a BAFTA award for best original music. The Young Visiters premiered in the United States courtesy of the BBC America digital-cable service on November 2, 2004. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Jim Broadbent
as Alfred Salteena
Hugh Laurie
as Lord Bernard Clark
Lyndsey Marshal
as Ethel Monticue
Bill Nighy
as Earl of Clincham
Simon Russell Beale
as Prince of Wales
Adam Godley
as Procurio
Sophie Thompson
as Bessie Topp
Sally Hawkins
as Rosalind
Richenda Carey
as Lady Gay FInchling
Anne Reid
as Mrs. Monticue
Tom Burke
as Horace
Guy Henry
as Mr. Domonic
Janine Duvitski
as Queen Victoria
Alan Bennett
as Narrator
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