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A clip from "A House Divided" from 'The Bretts' (1988)
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almaviva90 wrote in fraser_fans
Seeing that the screencaps from this series were well-received, I've uploaded a clip where Oliver Mortimer (Hugh Fraser) makes his first appearance in The Bretts. The series basically follows the lives of an English theatrical family in the 1920s with Charles Brett (Norman Rodway) being the patriarch of the family.  

Oliver Mortimer, a barrister, initially makes an appearance in this episode to sort out some of Charles' legal problems but then later is asked to help when Charles' daughter, Martha (Belinda Lang) is assaulted by her womanising boyfriend, Eduardo de Freitas-Curtis (who is interestingly played by Oliver Cotton who Poirot fans might remember as Marie Marvelle's villainous husband in "The Adventure of the Western Star"). However, there are several problems with the case which might result in Martha losing her reputation rather than winning the which for obvious reasons doesn't go down very well with Martha.

It's somewhat the soap opera type of fare (which I normally don't make a habit of watching) but the scene in which Oliver and Martha battle it out on their first meeting is just too good not to be shared (smouldering Fraser galore!) as well as the subsequent hilarious 'confrontation' of sorts when Oliver later has the nerve to ask her out to dinner. Personally I love Hugh's lovely blend of eloquence and cheekiness in this's quite refreshing to see him play someone other than Hastings from time to time.

The clip's about 11 minutes long (.wmv format) and is 149 MB in size. There is some mild language but nothing too serious. You can download it here.


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Thanks for this! I'm not a fan of soap operas either, but I'm willing to try it for Hugh. :0)

You're welcome! I think Hugh will make us watch anything with him in it, e.g. episodes of Rainbow which I normally wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. That being said, I kind of like the theme song to the series now which I thought I would never admit in a million years...

Yeah, Rainbow was... interesting. At least now I understand a few more "in-jokes" as far as British culture goes. The theme tune is rather catchy. It gets stuck in my head at odd moments.

I'm so glad to finally see this! How sweet that they married not long after this was filmed.

Indeed. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to watch this and if you watch the next couple of episodes after this, you can begin to sense that they're not just acting like a couple in the series, they really were a couple in real life which makes it all the more sweeter.

I'd watch anything with Hugh Fraser in it :3
Love the clip and I can agree, it's great to see him play different characters.

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