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on 16 March 2012
Serena Scott Thomas as Hebe, Peter Davison as Jim. John Mills as Bernard along with the supporting caste give firstrate performances in this very watchable dramatisation of the book by Mary Wesley. It's the kind of story that readily creates a 'feel good' state of mind in the viewer. It's a dateless work embued with a timelessness fitting in with any day and age. Hebe, so well portrayed by Serena Scott Thomas, comes across as a resourceful, intelligent young woman who has turned an early mistake into a lucrative business in the nicest possible way.
This production brings out the inherent humour within the tale without ever feeling the need to force it upon the viewer in the silly way that so often spoils adaptations of this kind. The affectations and quasi-moral standards of the nouveau riche are delightfully portrayed. Ms Scott Thomas's appearances in both full frontal and full rear view nude postures are a delight to behold as she portrays the 'I'm me: take me or leave me as I am' attitude of Hebe's character. Having made that one big mistake Hebe has become the good mother and strong woman who will now always be in charge even when she finally entraps the cause of her orginal faux pas. The whole story is a paean in praise of womanhood as, resplendant in her carriage drawn by her well-harnessed peacocks, she continues on her way ever triumphant.