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THE RAVEN IN THE FOREGATE:,
This review is from: Cadfael: The Complete Series 3 (Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
A travesty of Ellis Peters' story, carried out by arrogant scriptwriters who thought they were better plot constructors than the lady herself. No wonder she had doubts about giving it over to them. The basic elements are there, but there are too many inventions in an attempt to make the plot more dramatic. Cassals the vengeful seeker after Maud's supporters in the shire; the blind sister to the whoring girl who drowns herself, the mob that seeks to attack the priest [even his staff has a claw on the end instead of a deer's antlers] The priest Ailnoth is not allowed to die according to Peters, but has to enter into a fight and fall through a wooden bridge, whereas he fell in after an attack on a his housekeeper.
It is the scriptwriters who are at fault. The actors, led by the inimitable Sir Derek Jacobi do their best with what they are given - all praise to them