Diana (British TV series)

Diana is a British television drama series first broadcast by the BBC in 1984. It was adapted by Andrew Davies from two R. F. Delderfield novels.

For the American TV series starring Diana Rigg, see Diana (American TV series).
Written byAndrew Davies
Directed byDavid Tucker (eps. 1-5)
Richard Stroud (eps. 6-10)
StarringKevin McNally
Jenny Seagrove
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes10
Producer(s)Ken Riddington
Running time55 min
Original networkBBC1
Original release12 January (1984-01-12) 
15 March 1984 (1984-03-15)

It follows the intersecting but very different lives of Jan Leigh (Kevin McNally), a poor but studious young country lad and Diana Gayelorde-Sutton (Jenny Seagrove), the equally single minded daughter of a rich landowner, from the 1920s through to post-war Britain. The early story revolves around the class mismatch between the pair; the besotted Jan attempts to elevate his status through hard work and the more aloof Diana attempts to keep her affections in check and pursue her own goals.

The complete series of ten episodes is available on DVD in the UK through Simply Media.


Broadcast Thursday evenings on BBC1 at 9:25pm, except Episode 10, broadcast at 9:35pm. Produced by Ken Riddington.

Main cast: Kevin McNally, Jenny Seagrove, Patsy Kensit, Harold Innocent, Mary Morris, Fulton Mackay, Jonathan Lynn, Moray Watson, Gillian Raine, Michael Melia & Gertan Klauber.

Ep. no. (overall) Ep. no. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Episode 1[1]"David TuckerAndrew Davies12 January 1984 (1984-01-12)
When John Leigh arrives in Devon to live with his relatives, little does he realise how his life is to change - and all because of a chance meeting with Diana Gayelorde-Sutton.
22"Episode 2[2]"David TuckerAndrew Davies19 January 1984 (1984-01-19)
Jan sets out to learn the qualities required of a gentleman in order to impress Diana. But, his plans for the future seem destined to fail.
33"Episode 3[3]"David TuckerAndrew Davies26 January 1984 (1984-01-26)
Two years have passed and Jan leaves Devon to work on a Fleet Street newspaper. He soon finds that the experience he gains is not confined merely to his journalistic talents.
44"Episode 4[4]"David TuckerAndrew Davies2 February 1984 (1984-02-02)
Just when he least expects it, Jan's idyllic days with Diana are brought to an end. He accepts an assignment abroad, only to find the past catching up with him.
55"Episode 5[5]"David TuckerAndrew Davies9 February 1984 (1984-02-09)
Jan's life seems to be taking a turn for the better; it appears that nothing can stand in his way. Or so he thinks.
66"Episode 6[6]"Richard StroudAndrew Davies16 February 1984 (1984-02-16)
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Jan leaves 'Sennacharib' and discovers that by coming to terms with the past he is able to look forward to the future.
77"Episode 7[7]"Richard StroudAndrew Davies23 February 1984 (1984-02-23)
Posted to a quiet desk job near his home, Jan enjoys two years of happily married bliss. Suddenly his military duties change and dramatically alter the course of his life.
88"Episode 8[8]"Richard StroudAndrew Davies1 March 1984 (1984-03-01)
Jan's return to France proves to be a shattering experience - in more ways than one.
99"Episode 9[9]"Richard StroudAndrew Davies8 March 1984 (1984-03-08)
Back in England, Jan makes a last attempt to put his life into some sort of order. But fate has yet another card up her sleeve.
1010"Episode 10[10]"Richard StroudAndrew Davies15 March 1984 (1984-03-15)
Jan is sent on his final, most dangerous mission of the war - the repercussions of which are almost too much to bear.


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