The BEST Episodes of The Forsyte Saga (2002)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 26, 2021

Network: ITV1

The Forsyte Saga is an immense drama of sex, power, and money. It chronicles the lives of three generations of a powerful Victorian family. Superior, arrogant and confident on the surface, beneath the imposing veneer lies a festering core of unhappy and brutal relationships, riddled with jealousies and tensions. At the heart of the Saga is Soames Forsyte (Damian Lewis), a rich and successful partner in the family law firm and a staunch upholder of the old moral code. But his fiery, tormented relationship with his beautiful wife Irene (Gina McKee) upsets his complacency and as Irene embarks on a passionate affair, the Forsyte Family is cruelly ripped apart in a bitter feud.

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Episode 5

#1 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 29, 2003

Though Fleur and Jon are in love, Fleur decides to marry Michael Mont. She shuns her father, who tells her about the fateful night when he was violent with Irene. Soames returns to Robin Hill for the last time to say a final goodbye to Irene.

star 8.74
46 votes
Episode 3

#2 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 15, 2003

Jon and Fleur meet at Robin Hill, and Fleur relates their parents’ history. Jolyon is still very ill, and Annette is still having an affair. Fleur realizes she may have to break with Jon; her father presses her to marry Michael Mont.

star 8.53
49 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Kate Brooke, Phil Woods
Episode 4

#3 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 28, 2002

Irene and Bosinney spend time together, and when she comes home late, Soames takes advantage of her unlocked bedroom door and rapes her. When Irene meets Bosinney the next day, he’s furious. As he runs through the foggy streets to confront Soames, he’s hit by a cab and killed. Old Jolyon reunites his family, and they buy and move to Robin Hill.

star 8.37
62 votes
Directors: David Moore
Writers: John Galsworthyt, John McVerry
Episode 7

#4 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 29, 2003

Fleur blames Soames for her situation. A Forsyte wedding is planned. June is curator of the gallery. John visits the gallery to ask June for advice. Soames makes a confession and pays someone a visit.

star 8.00
3 votes
Episode 2

#5 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 8, 2003

Fleur visits a farm where Jon is working. Young Jolyon, who is ill, asks Soames to stop Fleur seeing his son, but Soames was unaware of their friendship. Fleur goes to Robin Hill when Jon is away and meets his parents without divulging her identity.

star 7.98
48 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: John Galworthy, Kate Brooke
Episode 8

#6 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 26, 2002

star 7.97
39 votes
Episode 1

#7 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 1, 2003

The Forsyte family, including Soames and Annette’s daughter, Fleur, gathers in London when June arrives with her half-brother Jon (son of young Jolyon and Irene). Eleven years later, in 1920, Fleur and Jon meet again, unaware of their family connection.

star 7.95
55 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: John Galworthy, Kate Brooke
Episode 4

#8 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 22, 2003

Irene, who has told her son, Jon, about her relationship with Soames, wants to thwart Jon and Fleur’s love affair. When Soames and Irene meet again, he recounts their history in a threatening manner. Jon tells Fleur it’s over.

star 7.84
49 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Kate Brooke, Phil Woods
Episode 6

#9 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 12, 2002

Old Jolyon dies. To the astonishment of all, he has left Irene some money. Twelve years pass. Soames marries Annette, a French woman. Dartie is gambling recklessly and cavorting with prostitutes, embarrassing the family.

star 7.77
60 votes
Directors: Dave Moore
Writers: John Galsworthy, Stephen Mallatratt
Episode 3

#10 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2002

Irene and Bosinney fall in love. With the exception of June and Soames, the entire family seems to know about the affair. Soames is furious when the house costs more to build and decides to sue Bosinney.

star 7.72
61 votes
Directors: Chris Menaul
Writers: John Galsworthy, Stephen Mallatratt
Episode 5

#11 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 5, 2002

Irene leaves Soames for good, leaving behind everything, including her wedding ring. June and her father, young Jolyon, reunite. Soames is in a deep depression. Five years pass, and Helene (the French governess) has died. Old Jolyon meets Irene by chance and they become friends.

star 7.65
66 votes
Directors: Dave Moore
Writers: John Galsworthyt, John McVerry
Episode 2

#12 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 14, 2002

Irene has agreed to marry Soames. Two years later, Soames, concerned about his marriage, hires architect Bosinney to build a country house at Robin Hill for Irene. Bosinney is the husband-to-be of June, daughter of young Jolyon Forsythe. Young Jolyon is surprised when his father, old Jolyon, gets back in touch.

star 7.64
70 votes
Directors: Chris Menaul
Writers: John Galsworthy, Stephen Mallatratt
Episode 1

#13 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 7, 2002

The Forsyte family gathers to celebrate the engagement of Winifred Forsythe to Montague Dartie. Soames Forsyte, a rich and successful partner in the family law firm, meets penniless but beautiful and accomplished Irene Heron. Young Jolyon, who is in love with his children’s French governess, Helene, decides to leave his wife, cutting himself off from the family and forfeiting his fortune.

star 7.62
82 votes
Directors: Chris Menaul
Writers: Stephen Mallatratt
Episode 7

#14 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 19, 2002

star 7.61
56 votes