The First Churchills

The First Churchills

12 part mini series about the 17th century marriage of the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at the time of the Stuart dynasty. Based on Winston Churchill's biography of his ancestors. Susan Hampshire stars.

Episode Guide

  • The First Churchills - Not Without Honor (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Not Without Honor

    Sarah and John are banished from Queen Anne's court; the Churchills return to England when George I becomes king.

  • The First Churchills - Breaking the Circle (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Breaking the Circle

    As Churchill continues to battle France, devious Robert Harley plots to turn Queen Anne against him.

  • The First Churchills - The Famous Victory (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Famous Victory

    Churchill leads his troops into Germany and saves Europe by defeating the French at the Battle of Blenheim.

  • The First Churchills - Reconciliation (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:


    King William III realizes John Churchill is England's only hope of defeating the French; Anne becomes Queen.

  • The First Churchills - Queen Commands (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Queen Commands

    John Churchill is accused of Jacobite treachery and imprisoned; Queen Mary dies, leaving William III in power.

  • The First Churchills - Trial of Strength (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Trial of Strength

    King William III and John stop exiled James' invasion of Ireland; Sarah causes friction between royal sisters.

  • The First Churchills - The Protestant Wind (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Protestant Wind

    John Churchill supports William of Orange and the Revolution of 1688 when King James II opposes Protestantism.

  • The First Churchills - Rebellion (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    John Churchill dampens the spirit of England's Protestant rebels by defeating James, Duke of Monmouth, in battle.

  • The First Churchills - The Lion and the Unicorn (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Lion and the Unicorn

    King Charles II banishes James and dissolves Parliament; Princess Anne weds Prince George of Denmark.

  • The First Churchills - Plot Counter-plot (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Plot Counter-plot

    John Churchill and King Charles II discourage illegitimate James' efforts to become heir to the English throne.

  • The First Churchills - Bridals (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    John and Sarah wed; King Charles II arranges a political marriage between Princess Mary and the Protestant Prince of Orange.

  • The First Churchills - The Chaste Nymph (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Chaste Nymph

    Young soldier John Churchill falls in love with attractive lady-in-waiting Sarah Jennings at a masque.