“Love in a Cold Climate,” is a 1980 British television miniseries that was adapted from popular British author Nancy Mitford's comic novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. This period romantic drama/comedy was made by Thames television, which really knew how to make costume dramas, and really threw money at the screen, in ball room scenes, cars, clothes, and interiors. It is in full color and consists of three disks, eight episodes in all, 420 minutes of running time. Talented, well-known screenwriter Simon Raven adapted the novels for TV. Praises be, for this series in which no well-bred British person speaks above a whisper, it has subtitles, for which thanks are due to Acorn. Thanks are also due to Acorn for finally releasing this series on DVD; its lovers -- including me-- have been waiting a long, long time for this release. Disk one includes episodes “Child Hunt,” “Coming Out,” and “Rings and Things; disk two, “The Merry Widower, “Heir Apparent,” and “Foreigners are Fiends.” Disk three gives us “Monsieur Le Duc,” and “In Love and War.” The series follows the eccentric, aristocratic Alconleigh family from the 1920s through World War II; knowledgeable sources state that it is fact, about the author’s eccentric, literary family of beauties, lightly disguised as fiction. It centers on three young related women as they search for love: wealthy young beauties Polly Montdore and Linda Alconleigh, and their poorer, plainer cousin Fanny, who narrates, while just trying not to behave like her mother, who has earned the nickname of The Bolter, as she flits from man to man. The entertainment boasts quite a few stars, and important supporting players. Judi Dench, an Oscar winner as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Shakespeare in Love (1998), plays Sadie Alconleigh, matriarch of the clan, though she’s given so little to do it’s puzzling as to why the producers gave her top billing and spent the money surely needed to hire her. The respected character actor Michael Aldridge, (LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER) plays Uncle Matt, Lord Alconleigh, a kind-hearted terror. Michael Williams, (EDUCATING RITA, A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME), Dench’s late husband, plays Uncle Davey Warbeck, to whom the family attributes all kinds of abilities. Acclaimed actress Vivian Pickles, (SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY, O LUCKY MAN, HAROLD AND MAUDE), gives the producers’ their moneys’ worth in her star turn as Lady Montdore. Jean-Pierre Cassel, (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE) shows up in three episodes as Fabrice, Duc de Sauveterre. Polly is played by Rosalyn Landor, Linda, by Lucy Gutteridge; the careers of both these young actresses rather stuttered out, leading me to believe they were best at playing young beauties. Isabelle Amyes, who played Fanny, has had somewhat more of a career. This production manages the unusual trick of being funny and moving, attributable, I expect, to the original material, and the talent before and behind the camera. It gives us one of Linda’s most famous bits of business, in which, when asked to assign refugees from the Spanish civil war to a boat that will carry them to South America, she succeeds admirably, against expectations. When asked how she did it, she says that she assigned the best cabins to the refugees with “Labrador” against their names. The animal-loving young aristo, unaware that the term means laborer in Spanish, had decided they had Labradors – dogs, and therefore favored them. The twentieth century "Mitford sisters" — six daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale and Sydney Bowles — became famous for their many love affairs and marriages, were celebrated, and at times scandalous, figures caricatured, according to The Times of London journalist Ben Macintyre, as "Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist; Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur". They were, without doubt, an entertaining family, and it’s still entertaining to spend time with them.