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This review is from: Goodbye, Mr Chips [DVD]  (DVD)
It is always a great risk when someone tries to remake a classic movie,especially for television. I have to say that this version of 'Goodbye Mr Chips' is a delight from start to finish and,in my opinion,on a par with the 1939 version starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson.
Martin Clunes is a revelation as Chipping and will surprise many people with just how outstanding he is in the role.He is vulnerable,pompous,sensitive and compassionate and he captures every emotion perfectly. He really is that good. All the performances are good in truth with Victoria Hamilton,Conleth Hill and Patrick Malahide all excelling in their roles. To be honest,I can't think of one dud performance in this excellent drama. There is a very good sense of period and the music is quietly impressive without being too overpowering.
This is an example of how good British television can be and one small complaint I have is that it could possibly have been a bit longer. That is a minor niggle though and this inspiring,sad and heartfelt drama fully deserves five stars. If you have any doubts that an actor from 'Men Behaving Badly' can pull off a role like Mr Chips then be prepared for Martin Clunes to amaze you with the realism he brings to the part.