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May 24, 2012
A great adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's book, this BBC miniseries is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the transition from the pre-AIDS era to the post-AIDS one. Excellently-performed, on-spot technical elements, and very-well calculated presentation. Loved the setting, atmosphere and characters. It did drag on and left you unsatisfied at moments, but overall, quite worth it.
½ May 7, 2010
Your typical drama. I'd probably enjoy the book more.
March 27, 2010
Brideshead Revisted meets 1980s Thatcherite England.
February 28, 2010
awesome mini-series!
½ February 20, 2010
haal alle spanning uit een goed verhaal en je krijgt deze miniserie, geen idee waarom iedereen hier zo positief over is ...
½ February 17, 2010
Well crafted BBC drama series faithfully based on a novel by Allan Hollinghurst. The story involves Nick Guest , a middle class good looking student who becomes a long term guest or lodger to the enormously wealthy Feddens family. The father of the family is a Tory MP during the greedy cut-throat times of Thatcherism , the mother is a don't-rock-the-boat lady who pretends everything is kept under perfect English civility, the son is a jock with political future and the daughter is a young woman with issues and a yearning for the truth. Nobody seems to have a problem with Nick, the guest, being gay despite the fact that it is a conservative environment. Nick is a scholar in Henry James and well versed in cultural matters. He is entrusted with the care of the young unpredictable daughter and they become close friends.
The first part of the movie focuses on Nicks' love for Leo, a black man. Leo will be the target of the first cracks in the perfect facade of the Feddens and their friends who are less shy about their racism and homophobia than the Feddens would admit. Leo and Nick's relationship abrupt end serves as an introduction to the looming AIDS crisis which becomes central to the progress of the story. As time goes by, other scandals come to the surface that endanger the political future of the head of household as well as the pretense of normalcy. Some involve a wealthy married lebanese heir, insider trading and sexual escapades. The press has a field day with all of that and Nick becomes a escape goat of sorts. The end is quite abrupt and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. That is the most unsatisfying part of this otherwise beautifully written drama. Without giving anything away, we do not know in the end if both Nick and the Faddens have learned their lessons or prefer to retreat into their cherished delusions. Another issue in this show is the wooden acting of the main character who rarely changes key in his performance even when every other actor is just phenomenal.
January 30, 2010
An engaging adaptation of the Hollinghurst novel.
½ October 15, 2009
i really liked it; loved the book, but this was pretty good too
September 22, 2009
Set in a time of great change in England, the ending is awful and would make any poor closet case stay right where he or she is. Depressingā?¦ and I donā??t understand why it had to be drag over three episodes just to end the way it did. The scenes were short and ended abruptly without any flow into the next one.
July 19, 2009
Watched this again tonight- tough to watch but very very good. the thatcher lookalike wasnt upto much though ...
½ May 11, 2009
Set in the United Kingdom in the early to mid-1980s, the story surrounds the post-Oxford life of the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest.

As the novel begins, Nick moves into the household of the Fedden family, comprising his friend, crush, and fellow Oxford graduate Toby; Toby's eccentric sister Catherine; their wealthy and aristocratic mother, Rachel; and their Thatcher-obsessed father, Gerald, a newly-elected MP for the Conservative Party. Nick remains a guest in the Fedden home until he is expelled at the end of the novel. Nick has his first romance with a black council worker, Leo, but a later relationship with Wani, the son of a rich Lebanese businessman, illuminates the ruthlessness of 1980s Thatcherite Britain.

The book explores the tension between Nick's intimate relationship with the Feddens, in whose parties and holidays he participates, and the realities of his sexuality and gay life, which the Feddens accept only to the extent of never mentioning it. It explores themes of hypocrisy, homosexuality, madness and wealth, with the emerging AIDS crisis forming a backdrop to the book's conclusion.
Super Reviewer
½ January 18, 2009
Well acted BBC drama of a time of great change in England, one of the problems is that most of the characters are so unsympathic and unlikeable that its difficult to engage with the story and the ending is awfully abrupt,
November 11, 2008
DG I agree. the film is lovely in some way
September 6, 2008
Exposes the hypocracy of the Tory party in the 1980's. Hated how it ended but certainly worth watching.
September 2, 2008
excellence incarnate....great production of a great novelist's work.
July 4, 2008
A kinda beautiful re-make off 80s glamour. An exposure off the hypocrisy off the British political upper class as well as the gay activities in the 80s. Fabulous Dan Stevens (with a young Hugh Grant look) with an excellent Tim McInnerny.
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