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4.3 out of 5 stars
He Knew He Was Right (2004) - The Complete Series
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on 23 May 2017
Well made
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on 16 October 2016
excellent
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on 4 September 2006
Having seen this production on TV, I eagerly awaited the DVD and was not disappointed. The series was shot in my home city of Wells, on and around the Cathedral Green, and many of the locations are very familiar (it did a very good job for advertising the beauties of the surrounding area of Somerset, and the city, Englands smallest, itself!) The story starts happily enough - a young couple, starting married life, in Victorian society, but the husband soon becomes suspicous that his pretty wife is not being faithful to him. Is he right, or is he wrong? He sets out to prove that he has has been cuckolded by her, therefore destroying all that he holds dear. I recommend this DVD to all because it is not only a stunning production, but a really good, involving story, based on a little known, very large classic novel, and the cast is superb. Listen for the cathedral bells ringing out too - magical, filling the air with music, combining with beautiful costumes, the acting which is second to none, and a cracking good story and you get your value for money. Brilliant.
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on 15 April 2016
Here's a superior "boots & bonnets" series from the BBC. It tells the story of the destruction of a marriage in mid Victorian England and has a wonderful cast that includes Oliver Dimsdale, Laura Fraser, Anna Massey and David Tennant. It also includes a veritable "who's who" of character actors that will have you saying "where have I seen him/her before?" Considering the novel by Anthony Trollope dates from 1869, this series sets a cracking pace from the outset. An outstanding cast, [Anna Massey's performance should be used by RADA as an example of excellence], the production benefits from the beautiful writing of one of the Nation's greatest novelists. Grab a copy of this whilst you still can.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 11 November 2010
The 2004 BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies of Trollope's novel. Four one hour episodes. Oliver Dimsdale is Hugh Trevelyan, wrongly convinced his wife Emily is being unfaithful - he to become increasingly unhinged.

This sounds most grim, but here is an elegant production to have most viewers purring with pleasure. (The asides to camera, though, perhaps jar a bit.) Laura Fraser as Emily is a delight, whilst television veterans are superbly in full throttle - especially Geoffrey Palmer as a blustering father and Anna Massey as a formidable aunt. Additional treats (among so many) include Ron Cook as a private detective conscientiously observing but devastatingly misinterpreting and, hilariously, David Tennant as a creepy vicar seeking a young, as rich as possible, wife.

The weakness is that central character, apparently based on Trollope's own father who alienated all. One quickly loses all sympathy for Hugh and wonders why at the start he simply did not confront the mischief making colonel (Bill Nighy) and punch him on the nose.

The bonus is a bonus indeed - an hour long documentary on Trollope, narrated by Stephen Fry. Trollope, more than most, was truly "a man of letters" - he worked for the Post Office and gave us the red pillar box. It fascinates to think of him penning some of his earlier novels on the train to and from the office.

Recommended to all who like to sit back and enjoy.
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on 15 April 2013
Outstanding study of jealousy inearlierdays! You will enjoying as its produced with top production values!? Most interesting and curious characters.
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on 2 April 2007
This production is quality through and through. It tells Trollope's tale of a young man and woman and their child, whose happiness is permanently blighted by what amounts to his neurotic and indeed paranoid obsession that his wife is having an affair with an old friend of her father. The plot is given extra piquancy by the fact that the old friend, a retired colonel and MP, is a rake and roue who fails to show sensitivity to the situation. In time, the marriage collapses and in the end the husband goes downhill mentally and in every way. Yet at the end, he still "knew he was right"...Recommended.
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on 24 July 2008
Period drama adaptations rarely move me but this is wonderful, does the novel justice, brilliant cast, every one of them so appropriate for the characters they play, and a very sad and comical in places story and so glad that there is no happy-ever after feeling, but everything is just right as you would expect things to turn out in life really....
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on 4 December 2007
It's important to point out that DVD includes English subtitles which is very useful for English learners
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on 28 November 2013
This was a pretty production with lots of focus on moist lips and sad eyes but....Oh boy what a silly story! Did Trollope really write something so silly? or is is novel suffering from being poorly translated to the screen? Do I care enough to read the book and find out? no!

Basically young man falls in love and marries pretty girl but after a few years of wedded bliss becomes wildly jealous and imagines all sorts of silly things about his wife based on little or no evidence. She refuses to compromise until he becomes mad to the point of death. So what was she hanging out for? I could not be bothered to work that one out.

To flesh out the silliness, there are side romances which perhaps are used to illustrate alternative views of love and wedded bliss: (1) heroine's sister and poor worthy young man, (2) greedy curate and two silly spinster sisters in competition for him, (3) worthy young woman and worthy young man.

I think a little bit of wit or a smarter script would have helped to maintain my flagging interest. I felt very sorry for the name actors in the production who have been involved in much better productions, but I suppose a salary is a salary and the clothes were pretty. For the rest... well I did not care very much by the end. Straight to the charity shop with this one!
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