Our Mutual Friend [DVD] 
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An epic BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' last completed novel, interweaving various characters in a complex tale of greed, passion and death in Victorian London. John Harmon (Steven Mackintosh) is betrothed to the beautiful-but-spoilt Bella Wilfer (Anna Friel), who only wishes to marry for money. Then Harmon disappears, and it seems that he has drowned, but he has in fact assumed a new identity and found work with his late father's former employees, the Boffins (Peter Vaughan and Pam Ferris). Meanwhile, impoverished Lizzy Hexam (Keeley Hawes) must choose between the selfish Eugene Wrayburn (Paul McGann) and the obsessive Bradley Headstone (David Morrissey).
Dickens was the master of Victorian social satire, ruthlessly exposing the cruelty and absurdity that supported the strictly hierarchical class-structure of the day. This superb production of Our Mutual Friend does full justice to his darkest, most complex novel, fleshing out the satirical bones of the plot with performances that eschew caricature in favour of psychological depth. Anna Friel's Bella is wonderfully complex, her innate goodness struggling with her love of money and desire for advancement. Paul McGann, as the lawyer Wrayburn, is also superb, wrestling with the implications of his feelings for Lizzie. And of course, this being Dickens and the BBC, there's a terrific supporting cast, including Timothy Spall as the melancholy articulator of skeletons, Mr Venus. As the fortunes of the characters rise and fall, the river Thames flows eternally on, the symbolic backbone of this remarkable story. At six hours, this version of Our Mutual Friend is a long production, but not a moment too long. A mystery, a love story, a critique of the pursuit of wealth and status, this is perhaps the best adaptation of Dickens ever to be committed to film. --Simon Leake, Amazon.com
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There are only 4 episodes and so some areas of the story have had to be sacrificed. I was a little surprised at first that the Podsnaps have been sidelined; especially since one of the chapters of the book is named "Podsnappery" after the odious views of the ignorant and opinionated bigot Mr Podsnap; but, story wise it works. As the Podsnaps have been sacrificed so too has Fascination Fledgeby; therefore the Lammles' role has been contracted to betraying the confidence of Bella. Mr Riah's role has become even more peripheral and this is my only real misgiving about this production, because Dickens does deal with Anti-Semitism in Mutual Friend in a way that he never did in Oliver Twist - no matter what a recent TV production implied!
The acting is first rate. Top marks for Morrisey and Friel and to my surprise I was totally convinced by McGann's Wrayburn. - good actor, but I wouldn't have imagined him in this role! The first prize though belongs to Margaret Tyzack who as Lady Tippins actually developed a role that Dickens had perhaps left as a caricature - viewed mainly in relationship to Lightwood and Wrayburn - and turned her into a real person who actually gives some clues as to the mindset of the moneyed classes.
Wonderful! This production is still worth buying.