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British Tv Victorian Collection based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I bought this set because I couldn't get the "Cater Street Hangman" DVD alone and was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the acting and production. I was already familiar with Anne Perry's knack for writing great Victorian mysteries and admire greatly her knack for creating interesting characters. This is the first in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and the casting was top notch. I already knew that Keeley Hawes had great skill in creating believable strong-minded courageous heroines so I wasn't surprised at her ability to hold the screen. Fortunately she had Eoin McCarthy as Pitt -- great charisma as the police inspector tasked with solving a series of murders in an upscale London neighborhood. The other characters were equally as well cast and it was clear that some creative hands behind the scenes added greatly. I was amused at the period bicycle and outrageous exercise outfit on the man in the park. The script made some understandable changes in the plot that solidified some points in the original novel. "Poldark" is a great appetizer for my plan to ask for the DVD set of the original miniseries for Christmas. This film even motivated me to purchase the orignal novel. John Bowe gives an energetic portrayal as Ross Poldark and the other cast members are equally well-cast. Ioan Gruffudd does a good job as the young man discovering his own role in life. "The Four Feathers" is the 1977 TV movie, but worth watching. Jane Seymour is lovely, as always, and believable as Ethne. I was pleasantly surprised at the Beau Bridges portrayal. I couldn't help but think how this story is psychologically rich as to what happens when people make accusations or condemnations without considering the possible consequences. It also portrays great nobility of action, and is a reminder of the early English Empire's attitudes toward honor at all cost. "Lady Audley's Secret" is the weakest of the four films, perhaps worth watching once but not twice.