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The BBC does it again! Another excellent adaptation
on 26 February 2008
As with many other BBC productions, this new adaptation of Philip Pullman's excellent Sally Lockhart series does not disappoint. It stars the headstrong protagonist Sally Lockhart, following her adventures and the enigmatic events that unfold around her. They story has all the right elements of a Victorian melodrama: rubies, murders, opium, a plot in the north, guns, Chinese traders... and it all comes together within a wonderful Victorian atmosphere. You can almost smell the opium lingering in the air and the run-down feel of the docklands. The plot meanders and tangles together, until it culminates in a dramatic climax.
I still feel that Billie Piper was a little miscast - I felt a lack of connection with her, and she does not match with my personal image of Sally. Objectively, however, she pulls off a great performance, as do the rest of the cast. A special mention must go to the chilling Julie Walters, as well as the actor who plays Jim.
All in all, an excellent adaptation that is well worth a watch. I shall be very much looking forward to The Tiger in the Well and The Tin Princess.