Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now (2001)
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The cast is a strong one, with David Suchet's Melmotte gripping in his recklessness, climaxing in the theatrical magnificence of his departure in disgrace from the House of Commons. Shirley Henderson is magnetic as his put-upon daughter Marie, courted by the cream-of-society bachelors for her dowry rather than her person. Cheryl Campbell gives a good account of the feckless Lady Carbury, writing vacuous novels to support her family, with Matthew MacFadyen relishing the part of her rakish son, Felix. Paloma Baeza is sympathetic as her daughter, Hetta, whose on-off relationship with entrepreneur Paul Montague, ably taken by Cillian Murphy, provides the main love interest. Douglas Hodge impresses as the loyal and sincere but insipid Roger Carbury.
The series consists of four generous episodes, each lasting 75 minutes. This is an absorbing production of what isn't the most subtle of Victorian novels, but which surely remains among the most relevant. --Richard Whitehouse
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I really enjoyed the first three episodes but the last one was pretty much all about Melmotte, so I found it a bit dull. Still, all in all, a solid piece of work.
Batman Begins's Cillian Murphy, Lord of the Rings's Miranda Otto, Pride and Prejudice's Matthew MacFadyen, and Harry Potter's Shirley Henderson star in BBC's brilliant adaptation of an excellent novel discussing the obscene rules of society during England's industrial revolution.
some wonderful performances, a sad commentary on life then (and now?) matthew macfadyen's performance here is, in my opinion, better than he did in pride and prejudice.
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