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Not comparable to the book
on 26 August 2013
Plot and characters reduced to fit into the 5-episode format, thus losing a lot, to the point that some of the characters' actions are incomprehensible or not sufficiently supported. Unfortunate casting for some of the roles: Cumberbatch is very well chosen for the part (although he's allowed to overdo the trembling lower lip thing), but Adeleide Clemens is hardly Valentine Wannop, and there is very little chemistry between her and Cumberbatch. Rebecca Hall does a very good job, but I don't think she has the "physique du role" for Sylvia Tietjens. Casting Rupert Everett as Mark Tietjens is a surprising choice; I have to say he does a very interesting characterization, but again, I might have chosen someone else, someone already more physically similar to Mark... and the list goes on. The episodes are a little irregular, with some powerful moments in the 3rd and 4th episode. On the whole, the book is difficult, but the series is a little lame in comparison. A bit disappointing.