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Loosely based on the real-life proprietor of the Cavendish Hotel, this artful BBC costume drama set in early 1900s London stars Gemma Jones as Louisa Trotter, a kitchen maid whose looks and drive enable her to become a celebrated cook and hotelier. Trotter's liaison with Albert, Prince of Wales, launches her ascent in society, but she also faces a wealth of challenges and prejudices on her way toward gaining the upper-crust stature she seeks.
Summary of Season 1 (1976) - 5 discs
This acclaimed BBC miniseries traces the triumphant, 20-year ascent of ambitious 19th-century scullery maid Louisa Leyton (Gemma Jones), who rises through the ranks to eventually rub elbows with the rich and powerful. After persevering through a turbulent marriage and financial hardship, Louisa becomes mistress of the successful Bentinck Hotel in London, an establishment that caters to only the most discerning of Edwardian society.