So, after watching Lillie I redoubled my efforts to find Jennie:Lady Randolph Churchill, the 1970's miniseries I watched with my Mom when I was 11 or 12.
Cruelly, it isn't shown in the U.S. for whatever reason. Is it like that one libelous book on the JFK assassination? Has it been suppressed since the 70s? Are there subliminal messages urging us to embrace the monarchy? I want to know.
I don't know, because I remember exactly one scene.
Jennie (Lady Randolph Churchill) says, "I believe I shall name our child Winston."
Me to Mom: "Winston? Churchill? Like Winston Churchill?”
Mom: “Yes, Ellen, this is about Winston Churchill's mother. Why do you think we've been watching this?"
I don't know, Mom, tea, cakes, bustles, jewelry, updo hairstyles with artificial volume, bonding, all those things.
I do remember I loved it: watching it with mom, no men in the room whatsoever.
So, I bought a DVD in a non-US format, but we've got an international DVD player. I hope it lives up to my expectations, if it isn't stopped in customs.