Stream Churchill’s Mom

(Photo: Lee Remick as ‘Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill.’ Courtesy Acorn TV)

Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill Is Coming to Acorn TV.

The mother of Winston Churchill, the great British prime minister, was born just a few blocks from The Savvy Screener’s Brooklyn location. I’ve often passed the brownstone plaque confirming this, but never thought much about the woman herself.

Maybe I could learn a thing or two from Lee Remick‘s Golden Globe-winning performance as Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill, a seven-part miniseries debuting Monday on Acorn TV.

I probably won’t learn anything about Jennie’s time in Brooklyn, though. The seven-part miniseries begins the year she meets Winston’s father as a 19-year-old in England and then follows “her whirlwind marriage, Winston’s youth, a feud with royalty, exile from England and eventual return.”

For an American woman married to a upper-class Brit in the early 20th Century, she sure beats Downton Abbey’s Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) on the excitement meter!

Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill, produced by Britain’s Thames Television in 1974, came to the US via PBS’ Great Performances the following year. The New York Times called it an “exquisite portrait…of uncommon intelligence and charm.”

Three years earlier, Jennie was played by Anne Bancroft in the feature film Young Winston, which won the final Golden Globe ever awarded in the category of Best English-Language Foreign Film.

Where to stream the two Jennies

Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill: Acorn TV costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 for a year, with a seven-day free trial. For more info, visit

Young Winston: You can rent it from $2.99 at Amazon, Vudu and other providers.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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