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Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Drama inspired by the life of arguably the most prolific author of the 20th century, Dame Barbara Cartland, which looks beyond the pink facade to tell the story of what made her the resilient and renowned Queen of Romance.

Despite her devotion to true love, her own life was blighted by heartbreak, with her first marriage ending in a scandalous society divorce. In the aftermath of this humiliation, she successfully campaigned to have her beloved brother Ronald elected to parliament, but he was killed at Dunkirk before he could fulfil his promise.

In the 1970s, at the height of her commercial powers, Cartland formed an unlikely friendship with Lord Louis Mountbatten and they collaborated on a romantic novel.

Last on

Sat 3 Jul 2010 23:05 BBC Four

  • Clip: Interview with Barbara

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    A reporter probes Dame Barbara Cartland about her relationship with Lord Mountbatten.


Barbara Cartland
Anne Reid
Lord Louis Mountbatten
David Warner
Young Barbara
Sinead Matthews
Ronald Cartland
Tom Burke
Rebekah Staton
Polly Cartland
Jacquetta May
Hugh McCorquodale
Christopher Naylor
'Sacchie' McCorquodale
Elliot Cowan
Ian McCorquodale
Robert Portal
Stacey, the lady's maid
Rebecca Trowmans
Judy, the scretary
Sarah Buckland
Kevin, the chauffeur
Ewan Watson
Chat show host
Stella Ross
Chat show guest
Julia Barclay
Raine, aged 3
India Skye Beale
Patrick Hastings
Andrew Woodall
TV interviewer
Philip Childs
Raine, aged 10
Isadora Whitby
Sam Pamphilion
Tim Whitby
Harriet Davison


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