Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage.
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 Louis Trevelyan (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Nora Rowley (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Emily Trevelyan (4 episodes, 2004)
Nathan Heath ...
 Little Louis (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Mr. Gibson (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Hugh Stanbury (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Miss Stanbury (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Mr. Bozzle (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Arabella French (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Camilla French (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Martha (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Sir Marmaduke Rowley (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Mrs. French (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Lady Rowley (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Priscilla Stanbury (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Mrs. Stanbury (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Colonel Osborne (3 episodes, 2004)
Caroline Martin ...
 Dorothy Stanbury (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Brooke Burgess (3 episodes, 2004)
Patsy Palmer ...
 Mrs. Bozzle (3 episodes, 2004)
Maureen Bennett ...
 Nurse (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Mr. Glascock (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Mrs. Outhouse (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Mary (2 episodes, 2004)
Neville Phillips ...
 Sir Peter Mancrudy (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Mr. Outhouse (2 episodes, 2004)
Polly Moore ...
 Outhouse Maid (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Mrs. MacHugh (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Caroline Spalding (2 episodes, 2004)
Amber Batty ...
 Olivia Spalding (2 episodes, 2004)
Kate Alderton ...
 Rowley House Maid (2 episodes, 2004)
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Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage.

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Potentially compelling; marred by poor choices
23 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

He Knew What He Wanted starts out interestingly enough, with varying love stories surrounding interconnected characters. The stories range from melodrama to comedy. The main one is sort of a reverse Othello, as the effects of jealousy take their toll on the main character.

As the stories unfold over four episodes, however, they begin to fall apart. Some scenes are repeated again and again, simply in different settings, until one wonders if the actors even got confused. The interconnections of families is broken almost from the start, so the stories become ever more separate.

This is exacerbated by some very poor directorial and editorial choices. From a slow- moving, deeply "tortured" scene we jump to a brightly lit comedic farce. The jumps are jolting and remove the emotional punch. Some character arcs are never fully explained (one suspects they ended up on the cutting room floor), so some of the characters make choices that don't make much sense.

The casting was excellent and the lavish sets and costumes up to the usual BBC standards. It's unfortunate that a potentially compelling story ends up trivializing itself and ultimately looking silly.


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