I wondered if THE PALLISERS, which I remember enjoying so much when I first saw it on TV in 1974, would have stood the test of time.... I need not have feared - it is the BBC at its best and is truly not to be missed by anyone who loves period drama.
Encompassing the six Palliser Novels of Anthony Trollope in 26 episodes, it is engrossing, beautifully acted and filmed and with a tremendous eye for period detail. The only difference I could see with present-day adaptations is that when the action moves outside Britain - i.e. to Switzerland and Venice - it was obviously not filmed on location.
The settings in Britain, however, both indoors and out, are superb. The colour is vibrant and the costumes are magnificent - particularly those of Susan Hampshire as Lady Glencora and Barbara Murray as Madame Max Goesler. The acting is uniformly excellent, indeed the cast list reads like a Who's Who of the British acting fraternity. Philip Latham, Susan Hampshire, Barbara Murray and Roland Culver are particularly good, but then the entire cast never disappoints.
As a special feature there is a very interesting interview made only a few years back with the eternally youthful Susan Hampshire recalling her involvement with The Pallisers series.
If you feel daunted by 26 episodes never fear - you will not be bored: in fact I was sad when it all came to a end. It is a feast for the eye and for the ear.....don't hesitate - watch it!