Till We Meet Again (1989): Part 01


Introduction

Judith Krantz’s Till We Meet Again is a 1989 two-episode television miniseries based on the 1988 Judith Krantz novel, Till We Meet Again. Its stars include Mia Sara, Bruce Boxleitner, Hugh Grant, Maxwell Caulfield, and Courteney Cox.

Also known as Judith Krantz’s ‘Till We Meet Again’.

Outline

The story starts in Dijon in 1913. Eve (Lucy Gutteridge) is the daughter of a prominent doctor family, and is destined to be married off to Roger Grillont (James Langton), but instead she falls in love with a low-class theatre performer, Alan Marais (Maxwell Caulfield). Alain believes that she is an orphan from the same social class as him, and loses his interest after finding out that she is a rich, privileged girl. Nevertheless, she follows him to live in Paris, where her neighbour Vivianne de Biron (Juliet Mills) helps her land a job as a showgirl. Alain disapproves of her profession, comparing it with prostitution, following which she leaves him.

By 1915 World War I is in full motion. Eve meets Paul de Lancel (Michael York) while performing for the army and falls in love with him. Paul’s aristocrat family disapproves of Paul serving the army, because it requires him to abandon his work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as his duties as a husband to Laure (Susannah Harker) and their newborn son Bruno. Laure is devastated by Paul’s absence and kills herself, after which her family swears revenge by keeping Bruno and raise him to hate his father. By 1917, Paul and Eve meet again in Paris and soon marry. She quits her career to support her husband’s political career.

In 1930, Paul is stationed as a Consul General at the Consulate in Los Angeles. Here, their daughter Freddy (Elisabeth Harnois) starts getting flying lessons from stunt flyer Terrence ‘Mac’ McGuire (Barry Bostwick). By 1936, a now teenage Freddy (Courteney Cox) is an avid flyer and a tomboy. Her sister Delphine (Mia Sara), meanwhile, leads a reckless life with parties and alcohol. For the first time in their lives, they move to their home country France to live with their grandparents at Chateau Valmont. They meet their half brother Bruno (Hugh Grant), who is now a political science student and a Nazi sympathizer with a deep hatred for Paul. He reveals Eve’s scandalous showgirl past to Freddy and Delphine.

In 1937, Freddy and Delphine return to Los Angeles. A stubborn Freddy accepts a stunt job from movie stunt coordinator Swede Castelli (Denis Arndt) and is kicked out of the house by her father. She moves in with Mac and starts a relationship with him despite a 23-year age gap. Delphine, meanwhile, is jailed for her reckless party behaviour and is sent back to France to live with her grandparents. There, she finds work as a movie actress and falls in love with Jewish movie director Armand Sadowski (Charles Shaughnessy). Bruno warns her that Armand will have the same fate as Jewish Germans as soon as the war breaks out, but Delphine continues to see him.

One day Freddy prepares for a stunt scene that Mac considers too dangerous. He replaces her last-minute, crashes the plane and dies.

Till We Meet Again Series

You can find a full index and overview of Till We Meet Again here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date:
    • Part 01: 19 November 1989.
    • Part 02: 21 November 1989.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 240 minutes (total running time).
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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