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Love in a Cold Climate - The Complete Series [DVD] 
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An eight-part adaptation of two classic novels by Nancy Mitford, and starring Judi Dench, Michael Williams and Michael Aldridge, Love in a Cold Climate presents the English upper class of the Twenties and Thirties as seen by one of its most gifted chroniclers. The series traces the unconventional lives and loves of the family of Lord Alconleigh, dominated by the eccentric, irascible Uncle Matthew - an affectionate and only lightly embellished caricature of the Mitford siblings father, Lord Redesdale. With several scenes drawn from Nancy Mitford s childhood memories (not least her father s alarming penchant for hunting his children with a bloodhound), the story also encompasses the economic and political crises of the Thirties and the upheavals of the Second World War, which would ultimately bring to an end the privileged world inhabited by the family. Love in a Cold Climate was adapted by novelist and dramatist Simon Raven, and directed by Donald McWhinnie (Rumpole of the Bailey).
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Felicities abound throughout this series, with much humour but much sadness too. For many years I thought the executives of Thames Television were absolute sewers, for not releasing this on DVD. Fortunately I am now able to set the trenching-tool down and relax, for soon it will be at my side, to comfort me alongside my Amelita Galli-Curci 78s. This was one of the finest literary adaptations created for television, ranking alongside 'Brideshead Revisited' for its honest transcription of a literary gem.
We are being spoilt. 'Civilisation' has at last made its appearance on Blu ray, Andrew Davies' 'Pride and Prejudice' has already appeared in that format. If we wait, we may even be given the wonderful 'Cold Comfort Farm' of 1968, with Alastair Sim as Amos Starkadder.....
It is beautifully done - and with a carefully underacting (youngish) Judi Dench. The atmosphere of privileged English society before the war is accurately portrayed. The eagerness of schoolgirl frumpy dresses to seek knowledge of the mysterious "it" = sex is perfect. I feel it is an accurate transcription of the two novels on to the TV screen. This is also its minor failing when every so often it seems to lose its narrative drive. Also there do seem to be odd pauses in the narrative as though the scriptwriter (Simon Raven) were reluctant to add his own words to Miss Mitford's. Somehow there are too many dramatic longuers when characters outstay their welcome. Perhaps its 400 minute length was more than it needed.I am glad I have bought it, but it reminds me of the more exciting Rosamund Pike and Alan Bates version. Maybe I'll buy that as well
Note - the sound is not brilliant, but adequate considering its age.
But I must say I am very disappointed that a digital version of this production constantly flickers with black spots, scratches and whatnot, not to mention the very poor sound quality. I understand it takes so long to offer older TV favourites on DVD because some digital mastering work needs to be done. Well? I have DVDs of Hitchcock's works which are of better quality both for the eye and the ear. In this case, nobody even took the care to dust. I am so happy that I finally can watch this again - but at the same time, I am very disappointed by the technical quality.
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It's a bit dated now and not as good as the books. Not on the same level as Brideshead Revisited but okay for a rainy day.Published 3 months ago by jb
This adaptation isn't quite as good as sitting down with the novels but it's a great watch nevertheless. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda