On the verge of World War II, a group of cousins gather at their uncle’s estate in Cornwall, on England’s southwestern coast, for what they think will be their last family holiday. The story unfolds during the years of World War II and focuses on this family and how they try and forget there’s a war going on. (Many of them do it by sleeping around.) The World War II storyline is intercut with scenes from 40 years later when the main characters gather for the funeral of one of their own. The title refers to the fragrant lawn that stretches down the cliff in front of the uncle’s estate.
I have not read the book by Mary Wesley on which this program was based, but more often than not, screen adaptations pale in comparison to the original book. I’ve seen reviews, however, that say this version was faithful to the book.
I had a hard time trying to decide if I wanted to post about this show. I didn’t particularly care for it. The only reason I was drawn to this series was because it stars Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Rosemary & Thyme) and Paul Eddington (The Good Life, Yes, Minister) It was fun to see two stars of The Good Life reunited. But as for the other characters, they weren’t very likable I’m not sure if that was the actors’ portrayals or just how the characters were in the original book version.
In my opinion, The Camomile Lawn is not really on par with some of the other great television I’ve written about. I felt like I was forcing myself to watch it, hoping that the next episode would be more entertaining. But if you are a fan of the book, you might be interested in checking this out. If nothing else, to see Felicity Kendal and Paul Eddington.
Felicity Kendal – Helena Cuthbertson
Paul Eddington – Richard Cuthbertson
Jennifer Ehle – Calypso
Tara Fitzgerald – Polly
Rebecca Hall – Sophy
Toby Stephens – Oliver
Ben Walden – Walter
Total Seasons: 1 (5 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 1
In Production: 1992
Viewer Discretion: Adult situations, language, nudity