A Dance to the Music of Time (1997)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Drama
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 337 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 3 critic

Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 26 Dec 2010
 
a list of 249 titles
created 09 Dec 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 12 Jun 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 23 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Dance to the Music of Time (1997– )

A Dance to the Music of Time (1997– ) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Dance to the Music of Time.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1997  
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Tide of Life (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby ... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Hardcastle, Gillian Kearney, John Bowler
The Camomile Lawn (TV Mini-Series 1992)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1939, young Oliver, Calypso, Polly and Walter visit friends and family in Cornwall. Spanish Civil War is over and WW2 has begun, so they enjoy their love life while they can. Decades later, they gather again, this time for a funereal.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Claire Bloom, Jennifer Ehle
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

The sexual rivalries between a group of friends cause comic chaos during a stag night celebration.

Director: Rami Dvir
Stars: Adrian Dunbar, James Purefoy, Tony Slattery
Love in a Cold Climate (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Javier Alcina, Rosamund Pike
Melissa (TV Mini-Series 1997)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Julie Walters, Tim Dutton, Adrian Dunbar
The Cazalets (TV Series 2001)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Dillane, Lesley Manville
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves
Perfect Strangers (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Attending a distant family reunion reveals more than was expected.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew Macfadyen
Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham
First Among Equals (TV Mini-Series 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Political drama about the parallel careers of four MPs who all join Parliament in the mid-1960s.

Stars: David Robb, Jeremy Child, Tom Wilkinson
The Black Velvet Gown (TV Movie 1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Bob Peck, Janet McTeer, Geraldine Somerville
The Prince and the Pauper (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Philip Sarson, John Bowe, Peter Jeffrey
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Gillian Barge ...
 Mrs. Erdleigh / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
...
 Bob Duport / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
...
 Widmerpool (4 episodes, 1997)
Robin Bailey ...
 Uncle Alfred (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 Peter Templer (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 Moreland (3 episodes, 1997)
Richard Pasco ...
 Sir Magnus Donners (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 Nicholas Jenkins (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 Charles Stringham (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 Mona (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 Jean (3 episodes, 1997)
...
 JG Quiggin (3 episodes, 1997)
Grant Thatcher ...
 Mark Members (3 episodes, 1997)
Sarah Badel ...
 Lady Molly (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Sillery (2 episodes, 1997)
Emma Fielding ...
 Isobel (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Le Bas (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Uncle Giles (2 episodes, 1997)
Anastasia Hille ...
 Matilda (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Odo Stevens (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Pamela Flitton (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Audrey Maclintick (2 episodes, 1997)
Michael Williams ...
 Ted Jeavons (2 episodes, 1997)
Geraldine Alexander ...
 Susan (2 episodes, 1997)
Carmen Du Sautoy ...
 Miss Weedon (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 David Pennistone / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Barbara Durkin ...
 Betty (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Sunny Farebrother (2 episodes, 1997)
Osmund Bullock ...
 Erridge (2 episodes, 1997)
Caroline Harker ...
 Priscilla (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Colonel Flores (2 episodes, 1997)
Bryan Pringle ...
 Smith (2 episodes, 1997)
Edit

Storyline

Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 October 1997 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Horos sti mousiki tou hronou  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In the final segment, when Widmerpool is kissing the feet of the disciples, the edge of his phony hairpiece is clearly visible on the back of his head. See more »

Soundtracks

Twentieth Century Blues
(uncredited)
By Noel Coward
[theme]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

majestic mini-series
23 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This television adaptation, by Hugh Whitmore, of Anthony Powell's twelve-volume book condenses all the action of five decades, and over a hundred characters, into eight hours. We first meet the main characters – Nick Jenkins, our constant narrator; Kenneth Widmerpool; Charles Stringham; and Peter Templar – when they are at school together. Through the years we watch them move through their tangled lives, which end in tragedy for some, happiness for others.

Making an impact within the cast are James Purefoy as Nick Jenkins (playing him from university to the end of World War II); Jonathan Cake as Peter Templar; Claire Skinner as Jean Duport; Grant Thatcher as Mark Members; James Fleet as Hugh Moreland; Zoë Wanamaker as Audrey MacLintock; John Gielgud as St John Clarke; Miranda Richardson as Pamela Fritton; David Yelland as Jenkins' father; Edward Fox as Uncle Giles; and Michael Williams as Ted Jeavons.

But – the best performance within this series by a mile is from the wonderful Simon Russell-Beale, managing to turn the truly horrible Widmerpool into a rounded character who is totally convincing, whether as a figure of fun at school, as a pompous major in the war, as a humiliated husband, or as a free spirit dancing.

One little quibble would be – why did they suddenly change the casting for Nick Jenkins and no other main character in the final episode? J C Quiggin, Odo Stephens, Mark Members, Widmerpool and others remain the same actors made up to look older. Jean and Isabel (Mrs Jenkins) are also recast but this isn't as noticeable. So, after two and a half episodes getting used to James Purefoy as Nick we suddenly have to adapt to John Standing. He's effective, but I think this change was a mistake.

So, is this adaptation any good? It is true that sometimes you lose track of who's who (who they were related to, who they married, where they met) but there are numerous scenes of interest – not all directly witnessed by Nick. The musical soundtrack is superb and well-chosen. Having eight hours to tell the story means that things don't have to progress at a breakneck pace, and if some aspects come off better than others, nothing really fails. ‘Dance to the Music of Time' is an engrossing and superior piece of TV drama.


19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sadly Not Available In The USA httpmom
My Favourite performance in any film or tv production... lucetta
Who plays Barbara (the one who pours the sugar on Widmerpool)? nienab_o
Discuss A Dance to the Music of Time (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?