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5.0 out of 5 stars Far superior to the Hollywood film version, 29 Mar. 2008
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This is the TV adaptation which came out several years ago shortly after the book became such a success and is far superior to the more recent film version which starred Scarlett Johanssen and Natalie Portman. It conveys much more accurately the atmosphere and tension of Philippa Gregory's superb novel and doesn't have the glaring gaps of the 2008 film (in which Mary is suddenly marrying again with no explanation as to what has happened to husband No 1!). The performances are brilliant and I cannot recommend this highly enough. I am so pleased to have found it at this price and will be watching it to erase the awful travesty of the more recent film version.

If you haven't seen this but have enjoyed the book, you would do far better to spend your money on this than on the admission charge for the recent film.
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Initial post: 21 May 2008, 20:39:38 BST
Read Me says:
Thank you so much for saying that this is better than the ridiculous film version. Also for pointing out about the missing husband - I was beginning to think I'd blinked and missed his death

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2009, 14:30:46 BST
hiljean says:
I've just watched the BBC version again and it really impressed on me how much closer to the book it was and what marvellous performances there were by the principal actors. It also clearly shows what happened to Mary's first husband. Philip Glenister (who plays her second husband) was relatively unknown (ie before Life on Mars and Cranford!) when the Beeb film was made, and his performance is perfectly pitched too.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2009, 17:51:02 GMT
Ginny says:
damn, i didn't know he died, this is what you get for looking up the film before you finish the book :P However, this is all very useful as i wanted to know which adaption was better and you seem to have answered my question :)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2011, 22:19:47 BST
Autumn M says:
Oh darn it, neither did I! Commenter should have indicated a spoiler alert. ah well, note to self - finish the book first.

Will definitely buy this one then. I do normally enjoy BBC adaptations.

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