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Lucan [DVD]
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VINE VOICEon 3 October 2016
I missed this when it was first shown on ITV, but I'm glad that I got the opportunity to watch it on DVD many years later. The screenplay, written by the excellent Jeff Pope, tells the story, via the medium of crime writer, John Pearson's investigations into the Lord Lucan murder case and subsequent mystery surrounding his disappearance. It's beautifully acted too with stars such as Rory Kinnear portraying the title character, Christopher Eccleston as the mercurial John Aspinall and Catherine McCormack as Lucan's wife. I would therefore recommend it to anyone with an interest in this case or the English aristocracy in general.
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on 7 March 2017
One of the most fascinating mysteries during my lifetime and more intriguing than an Agatha Christie novel. This film shows clearly the arrogance and utter uselessness of some of the aristocrats whose influence today is, thankfully, not what it was then. So little was written about the nanny Sandra Rivett, who was so brutally murdered and just treated as a detail.

This is a documentary really, but well acted. I am just sorry we will never know what really happened.
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on 24 April 2017
Fascinating glimpse of the 'old establishment' mind sett . Good performances too
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on 27 October 2014
There are seemingly a few staple stories that certain British Tabloids churn out every few years and one about Lord Lucan is usually up there. What ever happened to him and was he guilty of murder? A star clad ITV drama explored what made the man and suggests a chain of events that may have happened. Told via a series of interviews with the people involved; the drama flashbacks to the 60s and 70s and different perspectives on the man. Lucan is played brilliantly by Rory Kinnear, quickly becoming one of Britain’s best character actors, but the show also has roles for the likes of Christopher Eccleston as a smarmy friend who may have just pushed Lucan towards murder.

It is hard to determine how realistic ‘Lucan’ is as the feature length drama only offers around 130 minutes to explore a very complex situation. It does appear from the drama that more is known than we have been told, but as this is fiction you cannot place too much trust in it. Therefore, it has to be seen as a piece of drama and in this context it works well in places, but not so well in others. As mentioned, the acting is great. It is some of the direction and editing that failed the show. Leaping backwards and forwards is never easy to do and it feels a little haphazard here. At times you get the sense that events are there to meet the dramatic needs of the show and perhaps not stay true to the story it is based on.

The show also felt like it could have been made into a larger production with a higher budget. The glamour of the era was present, but a little underplayed with some of the sets being reused too often. In the end, this was a solid drama that felt a little grubby in places. In part this is down to the fact that Lucan is not a nice chap, but also because it felt a little underfunded and unrefined.
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on 10 April 2017
brillinat dvd
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on 4 March 2017
different and interesting
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on 18 January 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this drama on the events that led to the disappearance of Lord Lucan.Lucky it seems was an addicted gambler who was spending his inheritance like water,his poor wife was abused and he even tried to have her comitted to an asylum.They separated and she took custody of the children.Then came that fateful night and the murder of Sandra Rivett,his disappearance sparking a media frenzy which totally over shadowed the murder of Sandra.This drama gives likey conclusions to what may have happened after ,very good performances from all the cast.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 June 2014
What an excellent production! Apart from providing a credible explanation of Lucan's disappearance, an unsolved mystery since 1974, when Lord Lucan disappeared, it provides a fascinating picture of a thoroughly dissolute sector of upper-crust society.
The story opens In 2003 when author John Pearson interviewed John Burke and Susie Maxwell-Scott, because he was writing a book called 'The Gamblers'. The Clermont Club was a casino in Mayfair run by the ruthless John Aspinall and Pearson centres his research on events there thirty years earlier. Lord Lucan, also called John Bingham, constantly loses money there and is given the ironic nickname 'Lucky' as a result. When Lucan's wife, Veronica, protests at the financial problems he is causing, he responds with contemptuous anger and violence. Aspinall advises him to create the impression that she is an unfit mother so that he can divorce her and get custody of the children. When his strategy fails, Lucan plots to murder Veronica but kills Sandra accidentally. Aspinall persuades other club members to close ranks to help the fugitive.
The rest of the story shows the terrible consequences of this action, especially for Dominic Elwes and for Lucan himself. It is fascinating stuff. Beautifully scripted and acted, this is well-worth watching.
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on 6 February 2014
Mostly based on fact, statements and newspaper cuttings from the time, this is an extremely well acted drama with a few added scenes and characters to bump it up a bit. I believe it still evokes feelings about the situation. Gives a good insight into how the upper crust people close ranks on the true victim. On Amazon its says the running time is 180 minutes when it is states on the DVD case it 129 minutes, hence Amazon's notice about reviewing the product.
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on 19 April 2014
I do remember the fuss over the disappearance of Lord Lucan and the various theories as to what happened to him. This dramatisation help in providing an insight into the life style he frequented and the circle of friends / acquaintances who could have sheltered, assisted him. Great cast and acting, and credit to the production team for giving us the feel of the period with the power cuts etc. The ending I could accept, but whether in time the truth will ever come out is the 64 Thousand dollar question, the production carefully avoids.
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