En route to a business meeting in Paris, newly promoted American magazine editor Lily Conrad (Cheryl Ladd) boards the legendary Orient Express. Her she is unexpectedly with her long-ago lover, aristocratic Englishman Alex Woodward (Stuart Wilson). It turns out that this rendezvous was no accident, and before long the couple's passion is rekindled. Variously aiding and abetting the course of True Love (which of course is lovelier the second time around) are such sidelines characters as Lily's brash travelling companion Susan Lawson (Ruby Wax) and Alex's stuffy, tradition-bound father Theodore Woodward (John Gielgud, who earned an Emmy nomination for his performance). Filmed on location in Italy, France and England, Romance on the Orient Express debuted March 4, 1985, on NBC.
by Hal Erickson synopsis