I purchased this film for a number of different reasons, the main ones being that I have always wanted to see how good an actress Anna Friel is and also because I enjoy films made in the UK which don't have big Hollywood names in them (the fact that the rather nice Jamie Draven is in it doesn't go amiss either!).
Having not yet read the book which inspired the film I can't comment on how good an adaptation it is unlike other reviews I have read. What I can comment on however is how good it is and how well it stands on its own as a film.
I must admit that I was a little shocked when I first saw how long it is on for (the run time for it is just under one and a quarter hours) but, you have to remember that it was originally made to be shown on ITV and so wasn't going to be as long as films made for the cinema. The short amount of time does mean that, in some parts, the storyline seems a little rushed but, having said this, it does give you all the information you need as a viewer and keeps you gripped all the way through with its mix of drama and humour.
The actors are all fantastic and manage to evoke a number of different emotions from the viewer (I found myself yelling at the TV on more than one occasion for example!). The main character Claire (played by Freil) comes across as a well rounded person and, although her one-to-ones with the camera are a little annoying at first, you really get to know her better and understand what she's thinking as the film progresses.
Overall I think the film is worth watching, especially if you're having a girly night in or want a quick `pick me up'/ feel good film and I give it 5/5. (I'd happily give it a 10/5 however just for the scene in which Draven gets into the bath tub with his jeans still on!).