/ Modified mar 24, 2014 10:31 p.m.

Hollywood at Home: The French Lieutenant's Woman

The relationship of two actors in a movie production parallels that of the Victorian characters they are portraying. Saturday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

The French Lieutenant's Woman is based on John Fowles’s novel of the same name. The book is set in the Victorian era, and is the tragic story of Sarah Woodruff, a young woman ostracized by the people in her village because of her love affair with a married French officer, who abandoned her. Local biologist, Charles Smithson, becomes fascinated with Sarah and the two begin a passionate affair.


The 1981 film version of The French Lieutenant's Woman is a double story; one that follows the 19th-century romance of Sarah Woodruff and Charles Smithson and another that looks at the modern-day affair of two actors, Mike and Anna, playing Charles and Sarah in a film production of the novel. The movie stars Jeremy Irons as Charles/Mike and Meryl Streep in the role of Sarah/Anna. Streep received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film (the award went to Kathryn Hepburn for her work in On Golden Pond ).

Hollywood at Home: The French Lieutenant's Woman, Saturday at 9 p.m. on 6.

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