Love in a Cold Climate (2002)





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The first British TV version of Nancy Mitford's autobiographical novel Love in a Cold Climate was telecast in seven hour-long installments in 1980. This 2001 version attempted to crystallize Mitford's long and labyrinthine narrative into a mere 150 minutes, and for the most part it succeeded. Set during the period from 1929 to 1940, the story (which also incorporates elements of another Mitford novel, The Pursuit of Love) largely takes place in an English country estate presided over by Matthew Radlett (Alan Bates), for whom the word "eccentric" must have been coined. When she isn't being "hunted" by her zany uncle for sport, Matthew's niece Fanny (Rosamund Pike), who serves as narrator, looks on compassionately while her cousin Linda (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh) and her friend Polly (Megan Dodds) desperately seek out worthwhile and decent husbands, only to be thwarted at every turn by deceitful, duplicitous, dissolute, disagreeable, and otherwise unsuitable young swains. First telecast by the BBC on February 4, 2001, Love in a Cold Climate was shown in America as a two-part installment of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre on February 11 and 18, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Alan Bates
as Matthew Radlett
Rosamund Pike
as Fanny Radlett
Paul Williamson
as Monocled Lord
Megan Dodds
as Polly
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Overall a good production of a fairly shallow, insubstantial British family based on a novels by Nancy Mitford. I read the novels several years ago, and believe the two BBC productions of them are fairly faithful, and I have the same objections to all of them: the characters strike me as juvenile, spoiled, and fairly empty. I never believe in Linda Radlett's character, and never understand why Fanny admires her. Polly's character is incomprehensible, and many of the other characters are in varying degrees repugnant. One problem with this version is that Linda's character is played by an actress who is not beautiful enough for the part--serious miscasting, in that Linda herself seems admirable chiefly for her great beauty, coupled with a naive understanding of love. The role required a stunningly beautiful actress.

Frances Ann Ade
Frances Ann Ade

Wasn't bad, I just can't get into the British aristocracy stuff. I didn't know Mike Ditka was an actor, and he was spot on with the accent.

Brandon Brendel
Brandon Brendel

Starts slow but gets better as it goes along helped along by a fine cast of actors.

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