Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Peek into Closets of `House of Eliott'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Peek into Closets of `House of Eliott'

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`THE HOUSE OF ELIOTT" returns Sunday for its third and final season, even though co-creator Jean Marsh said she thinks "it's a pity it's not going on. I think there's more mileage in it."

Arts & Entertainment cable service, co-producer of the series with the BBC, would probably be happy to continue following the adventures of the beautiful Eliott sisters on into the millennium.

The series helped A&E, founded in 1984, to collect more CableACE Awards than any other basic cable network. "Eliott" not only won the 1993 CableACE Award for Best Costume Design, but costume designer Joan Wadge was nominated for an Emmy and, in England, she won a BAFTA award for her creations.

But it's the BBC's decision not to continue making more installments, Marsh said, and anyway, neither she nor co-creator Eileen Atkins had much hand in this current production.

"They sort of took it away from us," said Marsh. "I resented it at the beginning, but we're busy as actresses. And they did take on board some of our ideas for this third series."

"House of Eliott" fans can read Marsh's novel recounting the firm's origins in a book published by St. Martin's Press. The British edition, out in November, was an instant best seller. The book recounts the establishment of the fashion firm after the death of Beatrice and Evangeline Eliott's physician-father and traces Beatrice's relationship with Jack, including their wedding.

Viewers also can purchase the first season of "Eliott" through A&E Video Selection, (800) 423-1212.

The first two episodes of the third season begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, still with Marsh as host as she was with the first 24 installments.

It is London in the late 1920s, and the couture business established by the Eliott sisters, Beatrice (Stella Gonet) and Evangeline (Louise Lombard), is flourishing. But they will hit hard times again, faced with competition from the ready-to-wear apparel market, and with treachery from a business partner.

Interwoven with the story of the London fashion industry are the sisters' personal lives, including Beatrice's estrangement from her husband, Jack (Aden Gillett), her brief reconciliation with him and the birth of their daughter Lucy, and Evangeline's wedding to artist Daniel Page (Richard Lintern). …

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