The Pallisers (1974– )

Part Eighteen 

Awaiting trial for murder, Finn despairs that everyone has lost faith in him, but the Pallisers and Chilterns work on his behalf while Marie travels to Prague.


Ronald Wilson


Anthony Trollope (based on the novels of), Simon Raven (written for television by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hampshire ... Glencora
Philip Latham ... Plantagenet
Donal McCann ... Phineas Finn
Barbara Murray ... Marie Goesler
Anna Massey ... Laura Kennedy
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Lizzie
June Whitfield ... Mrs. Bonteen
John Hallam ... Lord Chiltern
Mel Martin ... Violet Chiltern
Jo Kendall ... Adelaide Palliser
Roger Livesey ... Duke of St. Bungay
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Mr. Gresham
Moray Watson Moray Watson ... Barrington Erle
Peter Vaughan ... Mr. Chaffanbrass
John Phillips ... Sir Gregory Grogram


While sitting in prison awaiting trial for the bludgeon murder of Bonteen, Finn becomes despondent as he feels that the circumstantial evidence against him has convinced his friends and constituents that he may indeed be guilty. The Pallsers and the Chilterns underwrite his defense as wily defense barrister Chaffanbrass reluctantly agrees to interview his client. Plantagenet forbids Marie and Glencora from visiting the Irishman, but Laura does get in to see him. Madame Goesler does discover some evidence that may implicate Emilius in the murder, so she journeys to Prague to finish the job begun by Bonteen. Written by

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Drama | Romance





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18 May 1974 (UK) See more »

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Phineas Finn: Mr. Chaffenbrass, there's one special thing I want you to do for me. I do not desire merely to be found not guilty; I wish you to make men believe I am innocent of this crime.
Mr. Chaffanbrass: Well, I trust we may succeed in making twelve men believe it.
Phineas Finn: I don't give a straw for the twelve men. It's the world I wish you to convince.
Mr. Chaffanbrass: That's a long order. I shall think the world may last if we only win the jury.
Phineas Finn: My wife will be worth nothing to me unless the people, THE PEOPLE, Mr. Chaffenbrass, that I am ...
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