Byron - (Import DVD)
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Two-part BBC period drama starring Jonny Lee Miller as the great romantic poet Lord Byron. Byron becomes an overnight success - and the toast of London society - when 'Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage' is published. He embarks on a passionate affair with society beauty Lady Caroline Lamb (Camilla Power), but soon tires of her and escapes into the arms of his half-sister Augusta (Natasha Little), with whom he has an illicit, incestuous affair. Although unconcerned by society's conventions, Byron worries that a scandal will harm Augusta, and on a whim proposes to the pious Annabella Millbanke (Julie Cox) - who soon learns that marriage to the greatest romantic poet of his age is one of heartbreak and betrayal. When Augusta refuses to continue her physical relationship with Byron once he is married, Byron goes into self-imposed exile and continues his life of hedonistic pleasure in Venice - eventually settling into a relationship with Italian aristocrat Contessa Teresa Guicciolli (Branca Katic). Finally, as a man who has excelled in excess, he feels his passion is spent, and takes up the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.
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