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The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  30 December 2013 (UK)
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Follows aging novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Amsden ...
The Missus
Alice Barlow ...
Isabel Barlow ...
Young Margaret
Isabelle March
Young Emmeline
Margaret Lea
Jacqueline Davis ...
Dr. Mawsley
Theodora Mawsley
Charlie Angelfield
Ambrose Proctor
Dr. Clifton
Emmeline & Adeline, age 9
John The Dig


The story of the residents of Angelfield House and follows ageing novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life - including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager. Written by Diane Setterfield

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Unengaging and unconvincing
2 January 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Thirteenth Tale', a new BBC drama, tells the story of madness in an upper class family. There's a twist in the tale, but finding a way to convey it critically maims the dramatic structure: the story is told, entirely in hindsight, in a way that kills engagement, promoting the mundane story of the telling into the foreground over the potentially more interesting story that's actually being told. One can also note that this is the sort of tale where, however neglected or crazy its young protagonists are supposed to be, they never fail to look anything but ravishing. I found it psychologically unconvincing and essentially dull.

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