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Delightful version of this light mystery/romance/travelogue
on 18 June 2001
Alan Plater's light mystery/romance, written for television and filmed in 1995 by BBC Wales, is here given a delightful reading by "Oliver" himself, Alan Bates. Fans of the mini series (which was never issued on video) will enjoy the occasional differences between the written and filmed versions.
Though abridged, the story feels complete, and Bates finds all the wry wit and subtlety in the relationship of WPC Diane Priest and the anagram-loving academic with one name. Highly recommended -- you might find yourself on a summer ramble to the Orkneys following the path of these sleuths.
The mini has been compared to Plater's earlier "Biederbecke Affair," and there are many similarities, even a few direct quotes. But to this reader/viewer, "Oliver" in any version is far superior.