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.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2

The Pursuit Of Love. Image shows from L to R: Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham), Linda Radlett (Lily James)
Although both Linda and Fanny are now married, their lives couldn't be more different.

Further details

Fanny embraces motherhood and tries to fulfil her role as a 'good' wife to Alfred. Meanwhile, Linda's marriage to Tony quickly begins to disintegrate as she throws herself into a glamorous lifestyle, partying until dawn.

However, when Linda is pulled away by an enigmatic stranger, will she make a drastic change to start a new life?

Broadcast details

Sunday 16th May 2021
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Lily James Linda Radlett
Emily Beecham Fanny Logan
Dominic West Uncle Matthew
Assaad Bouab Fabrice de Sauveterre
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
Will Keen Sir Leicester
Heather Rome Lady Kroesig
Guest cast
James Frecheville Christian
Alexandru Batareanu Boris (Bookshop)
Chooye Bay Bookshop Comrade
Emma Cater Boring Don's Wife
Joanna David Elegant Paris Society Woman #1
Penny Mortimer Elegant Paris Society Woman #2
Mabli Jen Eustace Pixie
Dominic Geraghty Important Person at Kroesigs
Alex Kelly Baby Moira's Nurse
Paul Lacoux Gare Du Nord Ticket Seller
Zino Gardner Masoud David (Aged 6-9)
Abbiegail Mills Moira (Aged 6-12)
Sam Nivola Matt
Henry Rylands Randolphe Pine
Godeliv Van Den Brandt Revolutionary Catalan Woman
Martha West Jassy Radlett
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
Mark Elliott 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
Sam Renton Director of Photography
Steve Robinson 1st Assistant Director
Chris Stoaling 1st Assistant Director


The Pursuit Of Love, episode 2 review

Little Miss Heartbreak, Mr Shouty and how to save this flimsy satire.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 17th May 2021

The Pursuit Of Love, episode 2 review

A huge improvement, but Andrew Scott still steals the show.

Susannah Goldsbrough, The Telegraph, 16th May 2021

Didn't like BBC's adaptation of Pursit Of Love? Grow up

Purists have been whingeing that Emily Mortimer's version of the Nancy Mitford classic wasn't perfect. There is nothing more boring or performative than this superior literary snobbery.

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 14th May 2021

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