The Pursuit Of Love. Image shows from L to R: Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham), Linda Radlett (Lily James)
The Pursuit Of Love

The Pursuit Of Love

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC One
  • 2021
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

A comedy drama adaptation of Nancy Mitford's celebrated 1945 novel. Also features Lily James, Emily Beecham, Dominic West, Assaad Bouab, Dolly Wells and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

The Pursuit Of Love. Image shows from L to R: Linda Radlett (Lily James), Captain David "Davey" Warbeck (John Heffernan), Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham), Lord Merlin (Andrew Scott)
On the brink of adulthood, Linda Radlett and her beloved cousin Fanny Logan are stuck in the countryside, impatiently waiting for life to begin so they can escape the confines of Alconleigh.

Further details

1920s, Oxfordshire. On the brink of adulthood, Linda Radlett and her beloved cousin Fanny Logan are stuck in the countryside, impatiently waiting for life to begin so they can escape the confines of Alconleigh.

Linda, who has lived her life under the terrifying regime of Uncle Matthew, dreams of excitement and adventure. But Fanny, abandoned by her mother The Bolter and raised by her Aunt Emily, is more concerned with comfort and stability.

When their glamorous neighbour Lord Merlin brings Tony Kroesig to their coming out ball, Linda falls hopelessly in love with him. However, sensing Fanny's disapproval of the match, it's not long before Linda pushes Fanny away and leaves her beloved cousin feeling left behind.

Broadcast details

Sunday 9th May 2021
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Lily James Linda Radlett
Emily Beecham Fanny Logan
Dominic West Uncle Matthew
Dolly Wells Aunt Sadie
John Heffernan Captain David "Davey" Warbeck
Shazad Latif Alfred Wincham
Annabel Mullion Aunt Emily
Freddie Fox Tony Kroesig
Andrew Scott Lord Merlin
Emily Mortimer The Bolter
Beattie Edmondson Louisa Radlett
Kitty Archer Lavender
Steve Garti Josh the Groom
Will Keen Sir Leicester
Heather Rome Lady Kroesig
Guest cast
Lily Aspell Young Linda (Aged 8-12)
John Atterbury Lord Stromboli
Jack Barton Dull Angelic Young Man #1
Connor Catchpole Dull Angelic Young Man #2
Tom Gaskin Dull Angelic Young Man #3
Oli Higginson Colin (Undergraduate)
Georgina Morgan Young Fanny (Aged 8-12)
May Nivola Young Jassy
Aki Omoshaybi Langston Hughes
Laurie Shepherd Young Matt
Mark Tandy Lord John Fort-William
Jim Sclavunos London Ball Room Band
Nikolaj Torp Larsen London Ball Room Band
Spider Stacy London Ball Room Band
George Vjestica London Ball Room Band
Nick Wilkinson London Ball Room Band
Writing team
Nancy Mitford Writer
Emily Mortimer Writer (Adapted By)
Florence Walker Script Executive
Production team
Emily Mortimer Director
Rhonda Smith Producer
Charles Collier Executive Producer
Matthew Read Executive Producer
Frith Tiplady Executive Producer
Emily Mortimer Executive Producer
Lily James Executive Producer
Angharad Wood Executive Producer
Nicholas Marston (as Nick Marston) Executive Producer
Lucy Richer Executive Producer
Ayela Butt Executive Producer
Ian Hogan Line Producer
Gareth C. Scales Editor
Cristina Casali Production Designer
Jina Jay Casting Director
Zac Nicholson Director of Photography
Sinead O'Sullivan (as Sinéad Kidao) Costume Designer
Claire Williams Make-up Designer
Clint Mansell Composer
Katie Driscoll Graphics
George Vjestica Musical Director
Arthur Pita Choreographer
Steve Robinson 1st Assistant Director
Chris Stoaling 1st Assistant Director


The Pursuit Of Love review - absolutely glorious

Emily Mortimer's immaculate adaptation of Nancy Mitford's bestseller about the madcap Radlett family is an instant classic. What a magnificent treat to tuck into.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 10th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love, BBC One review

Nancy Mitford novel makes a smashing small screen transfer.

Matt Wolf, The Arts Desk, 10th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love wins nearly 5 million viewers

But, critics including actress Tracy-Ann Oberman criticised the production as glorifying the Mitford family's association with fascism.

Adam Sherwin, i Newspaper, 10th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love is bold, barmy and never boring

Her adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel features subtitles, freeze-frames and loud blasts of T Rex.

Rachel Cooke, The New Statesman, 10th May 2021

Is the BBC cashing in on Bridgerton's sex appeal?

The Nancy Mitford adaptation was ground zero for that Dominic West-Lily James rumour. The Pursuit Of Love's promises a costume drama full of sex and scandal, but how does it compare to Netflix's hit period drama?

Alice Kemp-Habib, GQ, 9th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love review

Lily James pouts, struts and grumbles in this post-Bridgerton period bonkbuster.

Ed Cumming, The Independent, 9th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love, BBC1, review

A gleefully satirical snapshot of growing up and teenage friendship.

Gwendolyn Smith, i Newspaper, 9th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love, review

A jolly fun adaptation - just a shame no one told its leading lady.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 9th May 2021

Pursuit Of Love proves we can't get enough of TV toffs

Emily Mortimer's adaptation manages to feel both modern and faithful to the original.

Gerard Gilbert, i Newspaper, 8th May 2021

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