Eager to see more of the world, Richard Herncastle (Oscar winner Colin Firth, the King's Speech) joins a traveling stage act run by his uncle Nick (John Castle, the Lion in Winter). His new colleagues are an assorted bunch of singers, dancers, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians, including one (Oscar winner Laurence Olivier, Rebecca) whose best days are well behind him. Captivated by the group's female performers, Richard embarks upon a series of love affairs as the act tours the length and breadth of Britain. Nominated for six BAFTA awards and a supporting actor Emmy for Olivier, this haunting saga based on J.B. Priestley's novel garnered acclaim on Masterpiece Theatre. Set on the eve of World War I, Lost Empires unfolds against the backdrop of the coming conflict in Europe and the growing sense that the world is about to change forever.