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January 29, 2006



There was an annoying running commentary I had not noticed the previous week -- unnecessary description of the obvious. like: "Esther gets into the carriage." Perhaps there is alternate audio for the blind and I somehow pressed the wrong button on the remote?


It sounds like you turned on the descriptive video option.


With Andrew Davies writing any script, you really never know what you're going to get. He can be absolutely brilliant (Middlemarch, Pride & Prejudice) and downright clueless (Bridget Jones's Diary, Northanger Abbey--which hasn't been produced, but I've read the script and it's ghastly)


Remember, this was done with a specific remit: episodes produced to play like a soap opera in the evening TV schedule, not just to folk who had read the novel as a typical BBC cos-drama. And no doubt with one eye on the previous BBC Bleak House, whisked off sale over here so as not to invite comparisons.

What you lose in some depts. you gain in others. But I'd spoil it if I told you, so I won't.

You may enjoy it more if you disect it on your second viewing. WMTD etc.

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