Any Human Heart: Season 1 (2010)


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The tumultuous 20th century is seen through the eyes of the lustful Logan Mountstuart (played, at various ages, by Sam Claflin, Matthew Macfadyen and Jim Broadbent) in this absorbing drama, which was adapted by William Boyd from his 2002 novel of the same name. It opens with the elderly Logan sifting through his past, from his first memory to his university years at Oxford, when he pursued literature and a pal's girlfriend (Holliday Grainger). Later episodes find him spying on the duke and duchess of Windsor (Tom Hollander, Gillian Anderson) after he's recruited into the intelligence service by old friend Ian Fleming (Tobias Menzies); working at an NYC art gallery, drinking too much and seeing a shrink (Richard Schiff); and, in the finale, applying for a position with a hospital lobby group that, he learns, is a front for an anti-capitalism terrorist cell. He also inherits a villa in the French countryside, where he makes a friend (Valerie Kaprisky) and begins work on a book about his life.


Jim Broadbent
as Logan Mountstuart (Older)
Matthew MacFadyen
as Logan Mountstuart (Middle)
Sam Claflin
as Logan Mountstuart (Young)
Conor Nealon
as Logan Mountstuart (Child)
Julian Ovenden
as Ernest Hemmingway
Kim Cattrall
as Gloria Scabius
Valérie Kaprisky
as Gabrielle Dupetit
Freddie Fox
as Peter Scabius (Young)
Hayley Atwell
as Freya Deverell
Samuel West
as Peter Scabius (Older)
Hugh Skinner
as Lionel Mounstuart
Holliday Grainger
as Tess Scabius
Tobias Menzies
as Ian Fleming
Ken Bones
as Mr. Mountstuart
Theo Cross
as Nat Tate
Oscar Foronda
as Faustino Angel
Ed Stoppard
as Ben Leeping (Older)
John Dagleish
as Lt. James Terrence
James Musgrave
as Ben Leeping (Young)
Sam Heughan
as Lt. McStay
Gillian Anderson
as Duchess of Windsor
Natasha Little
as Allanah Mountstuart
Kulvinder Ghir
as Subadar Singh
Tom Hollander
as Duke of Windsor
Charity Wakefield
as Land Fothergill
Gerry George
as Winston Churchill
Sia Berkeley
as Martha Gellhorn
Tim Flavin
as Monday's Father
McKinley Blake
as Reinhardt
Flaminia Cinque
as Mrs. Mountstuart
Tim Woodward
as Adm. Godfrey
Philip Simon
as Roderick Poole
Charlie Anson
as Alfred De Marigny
Stuart McQuarrie
as Wallace Douglas
Peter Banks
as Sir Harry Oakes
Pascal Langdale
as Dr. Roisanssac
Gerard Horan
as Chief Insp. Lindop
Geraldine Alexander
as The Countess
Lizzie Hopley
as Sheila Adrar
Philip Rosch
as Det. Barker
Martin McDougall
as Det. Melchen
John Chancer
as Mr. Prendergast
Yolanda Vazquez
as Encarnacion
Adam Leese
as Estate Agent
Hannah Stokely
as Receptionist
Alice Henley
as Chambermaid
Gerard Monaco
as Photographer
Molly Malcolm
as British Consulate Secretary
Lucinda Raikes
as NID Secretary
Carlos Vicente
as Gold Club Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Any Human Heart Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (7)

It's a special, lovely miniseries that lingers in your imagination like a richly drawn memoir.

Nov 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Bad luck to you if you dip into this fictional biography, which embraces every period cliche.

Nov 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Any Human Heart is certainly interesting; it's just not, ultimately, very good.

Feb 13, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Any Human Heart is like an amusement park ride: Go ahead and get on, but don't be surprised if it doesn't take you anywhere.

Feb 11, 2011 | Full Review…

One thing to be said about sitting through its 4 1/2 hours: It may help you identify with the regret Logan Mountstuart feels toward the end of his life.

Nov 21, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

If the ultimate message is life's precious, sorry, but I'd like the 4 1/2 hours spent watching it back.

Nov 21, 2010 | Full Review…
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The beauty of Any Human Heart is that embitterment never sees its own victories. Failure, too, has its pleasures.

Nov 21, 2010 | Full Review…

It is refreshing to see life's journey taken by such a non-dramatically flawed man.

Nov 21, 2010 | Full Review…

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