Saturday, 2 January 2016


But first allow me to wish you all the best for this new year.

- Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (BBC One). « And the scorpion replied: Because it is my nature. » Some weeks ago I wrote that this feature-length special looked interesting. And interesting it was, if not fascinating. They couldn't help to drown an almost perfect hour in 30 minutes of nonsensical self-satisfaction.

[Update - January 3] - War and Peace (BBC One). Episode 1 of a lavish and epic six-part series adapted from Leo Tolstoy's classic novel by the great Andrew Davies (Mr Selfridge, House of Cards, Little Dorrit, Pride and Prejudice). Starring Paul Dano, stunning as Pierre, Lily James, James Norton (who can showcase his talent better than in Grantchester), Rebecca Front, the ubiquitous Stephen Rea (also in Dickensian), the fabulous Gillian Anderson, etc. The classy War and Peace possesses everything you can expect from a BBC costume drama (it has shades of their Jane Austen adaptations).

Produced by BBC Cymru Wales, in association with The Weinstein Company, Simon Vaughan's Lookout Point and BBC Worldwide. My only (minor) reservation is that this episode could have done with a proper main title sequence. Directed by Tom Harper and produced by Julia Stannard. Music composed by Martin Phipps. The magnificent cinematography is by George Steel. Andrew Davies, Bethan Jones and Faith Penhale exec produce. Simon Vaughan is the executive producer for Lookout Point. Harvey Weinstein and Robert Walak are the executive producers for The Weinstein Company. Filmed in Lithuania, Latvia and Saint Petersburg.

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