"another polished BBC piece"
"great BBC drama"
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - with Tara Fitzgerald, Toby
Stephens and James Purefoy
Victorian England, 1848. Helen Graham becomes the new tenant at Wildfell
Hall. Her unconventional life hides a hidden past. A period drama based on
the novel by Anne Bronte.
While not wholly faithful to Anne
Bronte's novel of the same name, this BBC adaptation has much to commend
it. Excellent cinematography, as well as strong performances by the entire
cast, makes this a must see production for all lovers of period pieces.
An intriguing widow of mystery, Helen Graham (Tara Fitzgerald), moves
into a crumbling residence known as Wildfell Hall. There, she sets up
house with her very young son. Plain spoken, independent, and seeming to
lack charm, she rebuffs the initial, friendly overtures of the local
townsfolk and manages to alienate most of them. Gilbert Markham (Toby
Stephens), a young and handsome yeoman farmer, is not put off by her
manner, however, and being smitten by her sets off in hot pursuit, hoping
to gain her affections. Soon, however, the townsfolk begin gossiping about
her supposed assignations with a wealthy, local gentleman, Mr. Lawrence
(James Purefoy), the owner of Wildfell Hall. There comes a point where
even the steadfast Mr. Markham wavers in his belief in her. It is then
that Mrs. Graham tells him the true nature of her relationship with Mr.
Lawrence and reveals her dark past....
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