Based on the novel by CA Jones, Little Sir Nicholas is a story set in the Victorian era about heritage, identity and family rivalries.

The Tremaine family have, for many generations, bred proud-serving Royal Navy officers. When the Tremaine heir, along with his wife and their four-year-old son, go missing at sea during a storm, Lady Tremaine seeks a new heir to her family's estate. When she discovers a distant relative in the shape of ten-year-old Gerald Tremaine, she invites him and his mother to inherit the family fortune. While the new heir settles into his new life however, presumed dead Nicholas, now nine and the rightful heir, is found alive and well and brought home to be reinstated in his position as head of the Tremaine family. Just how will Gerald cope with being replaced?

Little Sir Nicholas - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 25 minutes

Premier: 1990-01-03

Little Sir Nicholas - Nicholas Ferrar - Netflix

Nicholas Ferrar (22 February 1592 – 4 December 1637) was an English scholar, courtier, businessman and man of religion. Ordained as a deacon in the Church of England and having lost much of the family fortune in the Virginia Company, he retreated with his extended family in 1626 to the manor of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire. There he lived for his remaining years in an informal spiritual community, following High Anglican practice. His friend, poet and minister George Herbert (1593–1633) on his deathbed sent Ferrar the manuscript of The Temple, telling him to publish the poems if he thought they might “turn to the advantage of any dejected poor soul” and, “If not, let him burn it; for I and it are less than the least of God's mercies.” Ferrar published them in 1633, and Herbert's poems have remained in print ever since. They are considered among the masterworks of the English language.

Little Sir Nicholas - At Little Gidding - Netflix

In 1626 Ferrar and his extended family left London and moved to the deserted village of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire. The household was centred on the Ferrar family: Nicholas' mother, his brother John Ferrar (with his wife Bathsheba and their children), and his sister Susanna (and her husband John Collett and their children). They bought the manor of Little Gidding and restored the abandoned little church for their use. The household always had someone at prayer and had a strict routine. They tended to the health and education of local children. Ferrar and his family produced harmonies of the gospels that survive today as some of the finest in Britain. Many of the family also learned the art of bookbinding, apparently from the daughter of a Cambridge bookbinder, which style they worked in. In 1633 the poet George Herbert, on his deathbed, sent the manuscript of The Temple to Nicholas Ferrar, telling him to publish the poems if he thought they might “turn to the advantage of any dejected poor soul”, and otherwise, to burn them. Ferrar arranged to publish them that year. The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations (1633) had eight editions by 1690. Nicholas Ferrar died on 4 December 1637, but the extended family continued their way of life without him. After his siblings John Ferrar and Susanna Ferrar Collett died in 1657 within a month of each other, the larger community began to disband. Puritans criticized the life of the Ferrar household, denouncing them as Arminians, and saying they lived as in a 'Protestant Nunnery'. However, the Ferrars never lived a formal religious life: there was no Rule, vows were not taken, and there was no enclosure. In this sense there was no 'community' at Little Gidding, but rather a family living a Christian life in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer, according to High Church principles. The fame of the Ferrar household was widespread, and attracted many visitors. Among them was King Charles I, who visited Little Gidding three times. He briefly took refuge there in 1645 after the Battle of Naseby.

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