The Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. Starring Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, and Hugh Bonneville with guest star Shirley MacLaine.
One of America's most popular stars, Reese Witherspoon, unites with one of the world's most acclaimed directors, Mira Nair, to bring to the screen one of the greatest female characters ever created, Rebecca (Becky) Sharp. The new film version of the classic novel by William Makepeace Thackeray introduces a new audience to the beautiful, funny, passionate, and calculating Becky. The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even as a child, she yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. As she leaves Miss Pinkerton's Academy at Chiswick, Becky resolves to conquer English society by any means possible. She deploys all of her wit, guile, and sexuality as she makes her way up into high society during the first quarter of the 19th century.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and broadcaster Sue Perkins go back to the 1950’s, an era where we started on rations and ended by Prime Minister Harold MacMillan remarking that “we’d never had it so good.”
The new emperor has been ruling for several years. Qingchuan sacrifices her happy relationship with Eighth Prince to restore his relationship with Fourth Prince. She returns to her era, but someone follows her back.
The Emperor's health is failing. The new Crown Prince is selected under suspicious circumstances, and palace officials as well as the concubines and other princes are forced to choose sides and form alliances for their own survival.
Concubine De accidentally drives away her son, Fourteenth Prince, and deeply regrets her decisions. Suyan returns and is doing all she can to rise to the top.
The Emperor has been poisoned and Fourth Prince is suspected. In the meantime, another power struggle between Eighth Prince and Concubine De unfolds.
After a chance encounter with a runaway slave, Thirteenth Prince comes up with a plan to separate Qingchuan and Eighth Prince.
Eighth Prince steadily gains favor with the Emperor. Suyan and Xiaochun seek revenge.
Concubine Liang tries to arrange a marriage between the Eighth Prince and a Mongolian Princess.
Thirteenth Prince arrives at the palace, hatching new plots and trying to turn people against Qingchuan.
Qingchuan returns to the palace. Concubine De hatches a plot that may have huge consequences for Crown Prince.
Fourth Prince thinks that he sees Qingchuan, whom he believes to be dead. He rushes to follow her into the brothel, and ends up staying much longer than necessary.
The emperor catches the Eighth Prince gambling with court officials. He comes to a decision that devastates Qingchuan.
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