A Portrayal of Lizzie & Gabriel: 1976’s The Love School

Stephanie E. Chatfield  

With thanks to http://patriciaquinn.co.uk/

11 thoughts on “A Portrayal of Lizzie & Gabriel: 1976’s The Love School

  1. I really, really hope she wasn’t that stiff. I suspect she might have been at times, though. Still, it’s encouraging to read something Jan Marsh said in The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal:

    “…it is therefore clear that Elizabeth Siddal was regarded as a useful but not beautiful model…with a lively sense of humour….”

    To me, Lizzie’s sense of humor is most obvious in the letter she wrote Rossetti regarding her passport experience in Nice. Nothing remotely approaching that humor comes across in this film clip. Still, I’d like to find The Love School on DVD or video. I’ve searched, to no avail. If it is available, I hope someone will post the information for the source.

  2. I’ve read the book of The Love School and would absolutely love to see the TV series. Does anyone know where I might find a copy?

  3. I wish I knew. I would suggest trying ebay or alibris.com.
    If you have an ebay account, you can save favorite searches. So if anyone lists a book of that title, ebay will email you right away.
    Good Luck.

  4. The book is on Amazon, if you look very hard, and it’s surprisingly enjoyable. I’ve been searching for a copy of the TV series, but all I can find are episode guides. Sigh.

  5. At last check, Alibris used books had six of these available, some hard copies, some paperbook, all in various descriptive states of wear and tear. Also, wrote to BBC tv on their website (with absolutely no expectation of a reply) regarding a re-broadcast of The Love School or at least pulling it out of the vault and converting it to DVD. I doubt it was the appropriate contact link for such a request, but it was the closest I could find on the site.

  6. I can’t believe I forgot that this was Patricia Quinn! I passed up the chance to meet her at Dragon*Con a couple weeks ago, figuring that I like RHPC but didn’t really have anything to say about it.

    That said, I agree with the first commenter in not caring for the humorless portrayal. Still, this is quite early in her acquaintance with DGR. I wonder if things changed a bit through the three episodes?

  7. As someone who was hooked on The Love School when I was at art school back in 1975, and did my thesis on “Gabbie and Lizzie” . (The role of the muse in the work of artists.). This is the only video available on the net of episode The Brotherhood where DRG and Lizzie begin their lives together.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072743/

    You might want to check out movie Dante’s Inferno, with Ollie Reed as DGR and Judith Paris as Lizzie. Directed by Ken Russell ( need I say more). Judith Paris makes a good job of being Lizzie, and bares a resemblance too.
    As others have pointed out, Lizzie had more of a sense of humour than perhaps is shown in the clip above, she had to have living with DRG. But she had her “shrew side” and could be very caustic and sarcastic too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCvEDjzIt08

  8. I own Dante’s Inferno! I admire Ken Russell’s work.

    I have wanted to see The Love School in its entirety for a long time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the BBC would release it on DVD?

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