Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.
This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »
I well remember seeing this serial version of Daniel Deronda in the old days of black and white TV. The character played by Robert Hardy was so well realised; he really seemed an unbearable person, unlike in the later version when he was merely unpleasant. Our sympathies were with Gwendolen, although she is a flawed personality. By the end of the story you feel she might reform...I don't think this gives too much away! Daniel himself is enthralling, and of course in those days the scriptwriters were allowed to give their characters so much more dialogue. You had a chance of understanding the thought-processes and developments of the characters without being bored. Later adaptations can seem so shallow.
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