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James Purefoy stars, along with several British household names, in this television adaptation of Anthony Powell's 12 novels. The story revolves around friendship, murder, adultery, ambition and failure and is set against a backdrop of social, political and artistic life during the pivotal years of 20th Century England.
A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powells epic literary masterpiece, is brought to the screen for the first time in this sumptuous adaptation. A glittering cast of over one hundred characters including Sir John Gieldgud, Miranda Richardson, Alan Bennett, Edward Fox and Zoe Wannamaker present a wonderfully comic and erotic vision of 20th century England.
Friendship, murder, adultery, ambition and failure are set against a backdrop of social, political and artistic life during the pivotal years of this century. The dance creates a panoramic view of human experience which moves from the decadence of the early Twenties to the sobering Thirties, from the devastation of the Second World War to the world created in its aftermath. Centre stage is Kenneth Widmerpool. Once the butt of schoolboy jokes, his rise to power through business, the military and politics confounds his contemporaries. The comings and goings of Widmerpool and his circle, falling in and out of each others lives, is charted by the omnipresent Nicholas Jenkins, who guides us through the web of interwoven relationships. This video set, containing all four parts of the Channel Four Television series, sees the cream of British talent bring one of the most significant works of twentieth century English fiction to life.
Running time: 415 minutes approx.
This is an outstanding TV production with many great character performances, the like of which we've not seen since Longitude in 2000. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DH Dixon
Unconvincing, frequently flat, trying hard to be funny and generally too tedious for words. It works neither as entertainment nor as social history. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dominic Swayne
a lot of good actors doing some really bad acting. very disappointing.Published 7 months ago by tom fitzsimmons
Simon Russell Beale has nailed Widmerpool. There are also some great cameo performances. Of course the TV series lacks the nuances of the books but anyone who hasn't read them will... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard R