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Strangers and Brothers 

As World War II looms in Europe, an ambitious young English lawyer embarks on his tempestuous career, and even stormier romantic life.
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Series cast summary:
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ...  Lewis Eliot 13 episodes, 1984
Paul Hastings Paul Hastings ...  Francis Getliffe 10 episodes, 1984
Edward Hardwicke ...  Sir Hector Rose 7 episodes, 1984
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ...  Sheila Eliot / ... 6 episodes, 1984
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As World War II looms in Europe, an ambitious young English lawyer embarks on his tempestuous career, and even stormier romantic life.

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11 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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Extraños y hermanos See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Very, very satisfying
22 July 2007 | by Jerry-KurjianSee all my reviews

I found this series immensely satisfying - like a slice of Finnish black bread. Strangers and Brothers is an intellectual drama full of men and women who are strong and articulate. CP Snow's goal was certainly not to mirror mundane reality but to reflect through his characters British power in the world, its deflation, reorientation, and resilience, from the late 1930s to the mid-1960s, and to illustrate by way of one character the transition from socialist to establishment.

The characters are witty, complex, and intellectual; they struggle with history and conscience while they strive to navigate a nation through the first stages of the cold war.

I'm a great fan of Yes Minister, which treats politicians and civil servants with an equal dose of withering cynicism. Strangers and Brothers is a wonderful tonic to such appalling, effete politics. Here we find the caliber of people we'd like to believe are in government and other positions of power and policy-making.

Finally, central to Strangers and Brothers are the contrasting themes of existential aloneness and concern for one's fellow man and woman. This wonderful series is stimulating and mature, and makes me yearn for more movies of this quality.


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