Saturday, 11 June 2016
414 The Strauss Family
First viewed : Uncertain
This period drama about the Austrian composer family was first broadcast on ITV in 1972. I'm absolutely certain I didn't see it first time round as I would have had no conception of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or familiarity with The Blue Danube as reference points at that time. I think instead I saw a repeat of the series on Sunday afternoons sometime in the late seventies although I can't be more precise than that.
Mum would be watching it for Stuart Wilson as Johann Strauss the Younger but my sympathies went towards youngest son Eddy. The first Johann had a very colourful private life, having more bastards than legitimate children, and didn't want any of his sons to follow in his footsteps so the potential for a spicy family drama was obvious. Though I can't find any common personnel, the series had a very Upstairs Downstairs feel to it from the opening titles onwards .