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A Love Story that dare not pretend it isn't.
on 10 September 2014
This John Hawkesworth (Upstairs Downstairs, Duchess of Duke Street) BBC adaptation is excellent. The casting of Michael Gambon as Oscar Wilde is a declaration of genius. For such a relatively short series of three episodes it encapsulates fully the history of this great and mistreated man who suffered greatly from the injustices done to him. No adaptation about Oscar Wilde could fail to launch into a love story encompassing all the hurt, sacrifices and torment that goes with such a love and 'Oscar' does this to perfection. It ranks as highly as 'Wilde' (1997) starring Stephen Fry and is far better than 'The Trials of Oscar Wilde' (1960) which, although good on detail, suffered from the lack of depicting the whole sordid truth. The entire cast are excellent and the entire feature so moving it has to rank as one of the very best Oscar Wilde tributes ever screened.