Reviewed byBrigitta FalciniVote: 9/10/10
Fantastic look into human nature and the way we British are with oneanother. Living in a rural town myself I have met a few people likethose in this mini-series.
I would thoroughly recommend this to everyone. The story is originallyby J.K. Rowling so of course it's going to be brilliant. She once againblew me away with her detailed and thrilling story. The BBC did afantastic job with adapting it too. Really well written. And they hadan incredible cast from Michael Gambon to Keeley Hawkes (a particularfavourite of mine).
What nailed it for me was the ending. A true look into how unlucky youcan be (or how lucky) and to know who your real friends are. Moreover,the little things can create a domino effect and become bigger than youthought. I was in emotional shock in the end. I love it when a film orTV series is SO good that I don't see it coming.
Now stop reading this and go watch it!
Reviewed byThe_late_Buddy_RyanVote: 7/10/10
Good but not great BBC/HBO series, should appeal to fans of PenguinClassicsthere's a bit of Trollope (many pairs of knickers in a twistover a parish council election), Dickens (broad social satire, mostlyaimed at the snobbish, hypocritical bourgeoisie), all the way upthrough Margaret Drabble and Jane Gardam (class conflict and socialpathology in a microcosmic village).
The script has the usual problems of a long, populous novel that's beensliced and diced for television. The first two eps were quiteinvolving, the third kind of rushed; prob'ly should have had a fourthto fill out the backstory and tie up some loose ends. I felt sorry forsome of the minor characters, like Gaia and Sukhvinder, who had to hangaround forever waiting for their one or two tiny scenes.
Good work by the usual suspectsMichael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, RoryKinnear as the goodhearted lawyer whose death creates the casualvacancy (on the local councilit's complicated ), Julia McKenzie as areal-life Miss Marple (i.e. sneaky Thatcherite grandma). Abigail Lawrieis amazing, in her first professional role, as the series's secretheroine, a tough girl called Krystal. Haven't read the book, but Iagree that what another reviewer called the "water downed" ending wasnot very satisfying.
Reviewed bylabailey-521-460781Vote: 4/10/10
I thoroughly enjoyed the book but feel that this adaptation was anutter let down. The book needed very little work to adapt to the screenbut instead new relationships were invented and old ones ignoredthroughout. The original characters were lost, the cast contained goodactors but several were miscast, the hallucinations (with Death) wereridiculous. I was really looking forward to this show but I thinkwhoever was in charge utterly missed the point - other than trying toportray real characters, and even in this attempt I believe the changesthey made to how characters behaved meant that in the big picturerelationships didn't work properly and characters were shallow. Theyshould have stayed true to the book instead of altering nearly everyaspect.
When Parish Councilman Barry Fairbrother unexpectedly dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. An English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, Pagford is not what it first seems. What lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war - rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest battle the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?