Masterpiece Classic: Season 36, Episode 10

The Ruby in the Smoke (4 Feb. 2007)
"Masterpiece Theatre" The Ruby in the Smoke (original title)

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In Victorian England, Sally Lockhart receives an anonymous note sending her on a mysterious quest. Her father has recently died and feeling suffocated living with her elderly aunt moves in ... See full summary »

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Sian Thomas ...
Mrs. Rees
Kay Lyon ...
Ellen
Robert Putt ...
Porter
Trevor Cooper ...
Mr. Higgs
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Samuel Selby
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In Victorian England, Sally Lockhart receives an anonymous note sending her on a mysterious quest. Her father has recently died and feeling suffocated living with her elderly aunt moves in with newfound friends, a photographer and his sister. She is soon made aware that the mysterious Mrs. Holland is out to kill her. In the end, she realizes the solution to the mystery is rooted in events that occurred long ago when she lived with her father in India and a recurring dream she has had ever since. Written by garykmcd

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[Mr Berry has just stolen the clue to the treasure from Sally]
Mrs. Holland: Oooh, Mr Berry. This calls for a celebration. There's gin in the cupboard.
Mr Berry: I signed the Pledge in Dartmoor, Mrs Holland. Alcohol is the cause of madness, hallucinations, softness of the brain and moral decay.
Mrs. Holland: I think the damage is already done in your case.
Mr Berry: Yeah, I was *formerly* very wicked - but I intend to lead a good life from now on.
Mrs. Holland: Always excepting the odd murder or two.
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Hope they make the other novels into movies
11 May 2009 | by (CA, USA) – See all my reviews

For a TV movie version of the book, it was not bad. However it did help quite a bit to have read the book several years ago, otherwise I probably would have been confused as well. As others have mentioned it was quite rushed and I would not be surprised if people did not even understand who everyone was by the end.

I was pleased with Billie Piper, I was not sure she could tone down enough to play the part, but she was fine. She did manage to project the strength and independence of Sally that makes the novels such a pleasure to read.

Not being a student of Victorian England, I did wonder if there really would have been Anglo-African priests at the time. Is that realistic for the time? It didn't seem odd to have a sea-hand/dock-worker but a priest for a neighborhood seemed a bit out of touch with what little knowledge I have of Victorian England. (I prefer seeing diversity in films, but not if it isn't historically accurate- it did make the character stand out).

I hope they make the rest of the series and take a little more time to flesh out the story and characters - because it is a really good series.


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