The House of Eliott

The BEST episodes of The House of Eliott

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Set in London in the 1920's, this early 90's BBC drama is based around the pretty and ambitious sisters Evie and Beatrice (Louise Lombard and Stella Gonet) as they duck and dive with schemes to succeed in London's fashion industry in the 1920's.

Last Updated: 3/21/2022Network: BBC One
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Episode Eighteen
star
8.13
8 votes

#1 - Episode Eighteen

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/11/1992

Evie finds herself attracted to government treasury minister Sir Alexander Montford. Bea and Evie hope that Lady Elizabeth Montford, in her role as trend-setter, will give her custom to their fashion house. Saroyan is determined to remove Joseph from the House of Eliott, but Joseph is equally determined to clear his name.

Directors: June Hawson
Episode Thirty
star
8.13
8 votes

#2 - Episode Thirty

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/6/1993

When Daniel agrees to paint a portrait of Celia Romford to appease Bea, it creates conflict between him and Evie. Tilly becomes increasingly withdrawn and Norman enlists the help of her colleagues and finds in order to alleviate her suffering. Katya discovers that the 'Ready To Wear' collection at the Bayswater workshop is not quite to the House of Eliott specifications. Jack's political ambitions are realized when his policies on implementing a minimum wage are accepted by the Labour Party.

Directors: Gwennan Sage
Episode Twelve
star
8.10
10 votes

#3 - Episode Twelve

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/16/1991

Beatrice decides to launch their collection two weeks before that of top designer Yolande Hermane, but these actions have untold repercussions on the House of Eliott.

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Episode Four
star
8.07
27 votes

#4 - Episode Four

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/21/1991

Evie is shocked to discover that she has a 24-year old half-brother Sebastian, whose mother, Mrs Pearce, Mr Eliott's former mistress, turns up on the sisters' doorstep demanding a share of the will for her son. However, they are still struggling to make ends meet and have to put the house up for sale.

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Episode Seven
star
8.03
29 votes

#5 - Episode Seven

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/12/1991

The new "House of Eliott" is officially opened, and the sisters' fashion creations are unveiled, although they now have the uphill task of building up their clientele and competing with other fashion houses.

Directors: Alex Kirby
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Episode Twenty-Three
star
8.00
5 votes

#6 - Episode Twenty-Three

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/15/1992

After they decide to accept Jack's offer, the House of Eliott business begins to get back on track. Having broken off his relationship with Emma, Jack invites Bea to the premier of his documentary but will she accept his invitation? An influential Hollywood film maker makes Jack and the sisters an offer that would resolve their financial difficulties but would force them to compromise their artistic integrity. Alexander is forced to resign from his governemt position however he fails to tell Evie the real reasons behind his impending departure for Italy.

Directors: Allister Hallum
Episode Thirty-Four
star
8.00
5 votes

#7 - Episode Thirty-Four

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/6/1993

Jack's political ambitions are realized but at what expense to the Crowborough family? Daniel contemplates accepting the bursary to Paris and Evie considers going with him. When Miles' parents show an interest in The House Of Eliott, he finds himself promoted. However, not everyone is happy to have a new partner in the business. Bea re-evaluates her role as wife and mother and Evie is determined to keep the House Of Elliott couture.

Episode Thirteen
star
7.91
11 votes

#8 - Episode Thirteen

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/6/1992

Bea and Evie travel to Paris and consider working for Gille Caragnac, a successful couturier. When he offers them a permanent position at his fashion house, some tough decisions have to be made. Jack arrives and proposes to Bea. Florence Ranby is appointed as head of the workroom at The House of Eliott but Tilly and Madge have difficulty adapting to her fastidious ways. Bea and Jack return to England without Evie.

Directors: Graeme Harper
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Episode Thirty-Three
star
7.86
7 votes

#9 - Episode Thirty-Three

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/27/1993

As they prepare for their wedding, Evie discovers that Daniel has some old arguments to settle with his family. The House Of Eliott has a new client; the wife and mother in law of Jack's Conservative political adversary, Lady Crowborough and Lady Westlake. Tilly manages to befriend Lady Westlake but she is disturbed by the truth behind the social facade. Daniel is offered a scholarship in Paris and Norman and Tilly contemplate a radical change to their lives.

Episode Twenty-One
star
7.83
6 votes

#10 - Episode Twenty-One

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/1/1992

Following Ralph's disappearance to Germany, the House of Eliott's finances are in dire straights. Bea moves back in with Evie following her separation from Jack but has difficulty focusing on work. Meanwhile, Jack throws himself into film making as a way to forget his troubles. When the General Strike takes place it proves to be a superb subject for a documentary, especially when there is such an attractive leading lady. Elizabeth Montford will not give up her husband without a fight.

Directors: Ken Hannam
Episode Six
star
7.82
28 votes

#11 - Episode Six

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/5/1991

In her continuing effort to find money for their new venture, Bea visits Sir Desmond Gillespie, Evie's godfather. A merchant banker, Gillespie agrees to put the Eliott sisters proposal before his Board, but only if Arthur Eliott agrees to act as their guarantor. Arthur isn't predisposed to helping them nor is he prepared to help Sebastian Pearce, who has now admitted that the late Dr. Eliott was not his father. Sebastian gets his revenge however by informing the police of the goings on at Arthur's nightclub.

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Episode Fifteen
star
7.82
11 votes

#12 - Episode Fifteen

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/20/1992

When Evie is invited to spend the weekend at the Douglass family home, she becomes embroiled on their family conflicts. When she encourages Frances to go to art college, she succeeds in alienating nearly all the Douglass family. However, speed racing enthusiast James Douglass strikes up a friendship with her and is determined they be more than just friends. Jack's work commitments keep him away from Bea while she is concerned about the finances of the House of Eliott. Could Sir Desmond have been involved in fraud? In the workroom, Florence is perturbed when Tilly's old ali resumes her old post.

Directors: Allister Hallum
Episode Twenty
star
7.80
10 votes

#13 - Episode Twenty

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/25/1992

Alexander has a heart to heart with Jack about his feelings for Evie but Jack fails to tell Bea what has been going on. It appears that Ralph Saroyan is guilty of more than just fraud when he is implicated in the death of Sir Desmond, however can the sisters do anything to bring him to justice? After yet more furious rows and acrimonious accusations, Jack and Bea make a decision about their future.

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Episode Ten
star
7.76
25 votes

#14 - Episode Ten

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/2/1991

Evie and Beatrice have a serious argument in which their relationship is threatened when they are unable to agree on designs for their proposed collection. Their differences reach such a stage that Evie moves out, and Jack's relationship with Beatrice poses a dilemma for him when he has to act as arbiter between the two sisters.

Directors: Nick Prosser
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Episode Twenty-Five
star
7.75
8 votes

#15 - Episode Twenty-Five

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/2/1993

The House of Eliott designs prove to be a great success in the USA and Bea finds that she has a new admirer, Donald, a successful businessman. When they return to London they discover that Alice has left for Maison Gille and Madge finds communication with her husband Gerry difficult. A young aspiring designer, Grace Keeble, infuriates the sisters when she double crosses them and Evie is not persuaded by business entrepreneur Larry Cotter to invest in a joint venture. Bea is distracted when it emerges no one has heard from Jack in some time.

Directors: Graeme Harper
Episode Eight
star
7.74
23 votes

#16 - Episode Eight

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/19/1991

Beatrice's world is turned upside-down when the man she had hoped to marry 10 years previously re-enters her life, now married to someone else, who has ordered her wardrobe from the sister fashion house. Sebastian tries to persuade Evie to fly with him on one of his regular crossings to Paris, but Beatrice is not keen on the idea.

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Episode Eleven
star
7.67
9 votes

#17 - Episode Eleven

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/9/1991

Evie and Beatrice resolve their creative differences and work together to create their first fashion collection. They plan a collection of stunning evening wear in blue. A charity ball for Penelope's Mission gives Evie and Bea the chance to be introduced to top fashion writer, Victor Stride, who is encouraging. However, his editorial is a travesty of truth and threatens to ruin their reputation. Jack and Bea's relationship deepens, but she does not want to make any commitments until the pressures of the show and business have decreased.

Directors: Nick Prosser
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Episode Nineteen
star
7.67
9 votes

#18 - Episode Nineteen

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/18/1992

A romance between Evie and Lord Montford risks scandal, which could ruin them both. Bea is worried by business pressures. Ralph Saroyan criticises the way the sisters run their business and demands that all cheques should be counter-signed by him.

Episode Nine
star
7.63
27 votes

#19 - Episode Nine

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/26/1991

Beatrice and Evie clash over their different approaches to fashion as they consider launching their own collection, with Beatrice being more traditional and cautious, and Evie being fresh, inventive and daring. Evie is withdrawn and tearful over Sebastian's death in an air-crash and still has not forgiven Hugo for preventing her catching the same flight. Jack is worried about his sister Penelope, who has been knocked about by some of the down-and-outs she has been trying to help.

Directors: Nick Prosser
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Episode Seventeen
star
7.63
8 votes

#20 - Episode Seventeen

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/4/1992

When The House of Eliott agrees to design the costumes for a ballet, Jack becomes jealous of the amount of time Bea spends with David, the choreographer. Their already troubled marriage suffers another set back when they go to the cottage to spend their wedding anniversary and the conversation turns to having children. Joseph expresses concerns about The House of Eliott finances and Ralph Saroyan suggests that Joseph may not be as honest as he appears. Tilly and Norman get married in style.

Directors: June Hawson
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Episode Twenty-Eight
star
7.63
8 votes

#21 - Episode Twenty-Eight

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/23/1993

Tilly and Norman's baby is born but the celebrations are short lived. Bea and Evie express concerns to Larry Cotter about the quality of the Ready To Wear collection and he does his best to reassure them. As Bea preparers for motherhood she worries about how it will impact on her life and Jack's. will he really take the responsibilities of being a father seriously? Evie's artist protege Daniel succeeds in having a gallery showing of his latest work but the exhibition is rocked by scandal when an old patron causes quite a scene.

Directors: Ken Hannam
Episode Fourteen
star
7.62
13 votes

#22 - Episode Fourteen

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/13/1992

Newly weds Jack and Bea find their marital bliss is disturbed by the arrival of Jack's old girlfriend Clara Rhoades. Things are made worse by Clara's interference in the running of the House of Eliott when she manages to persuade Bea to employ Alice Bourgoyne, an ineffectual vendeuse. Evie arrives from Paris and is committed to making the House of Eliott as successful as Maison Gille. Sir Desmond suddenly dies. Tilly continues to experience difficulty working with Florence but when she meets Norman Foss things don't seem quite as bad.

Directors: Graeme Harper
Episode Thirty-Two
star
7.60
5 votes

#23 - Episode Thirty-Two

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/20/1993

The extent of Larry and Grace's corruption is exposed, much to the relief of the Eliott sisters and Jack. Norman has one final attempt at saving his marriage to Tilly. Will she ever be able to recover from the death of William? When Bea, Evie, Jack and Daniel go away to a House Of Eliott client's for the weekend, Daniel has trouble adjusting to mingling with the upper classes. Despite their social differences, Evie and Daniel decide to marry and Jack discusses the possibility of running for Parliament with Bea.

Directors: June Hawson
Episode Five
star
7.59
22 votes

#24 - Episode Five

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/28/1991

Evie learns some shocking news from Sebastian. Jack persuades Bea to take a chance with the Eliott establishment. Evie receives an unexpected and unwanted gift from Arthur. The sisters decide to open 'The House Of Eliott' but it turns out to be harder than they first thought. Arthur gets in deeper with the 25 Club. Both Eliott sisters receive unwanted proposal's from men in their lives.

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Episode Twenty-Nine
star
7.57
7 votes

#25 - Episode Twenty-Nine

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/30/1993

Bea has a difficult pregnancy and is plagued by doubts about her ability to be a good mother. Evie has trouble tracking down Daniel. Tilly has difficulty coming to terms with the loss of her son William and her relationship with Norman suffers as a consequence. Meanwhile, Madge seeks solace in Charles. Jack is employed by the Communist Party to write a newspaper article on the living and working conditions of Glasgow laborers. Will he make it back in time for the birth of his baby?

Directors: Gwennan Sage