The story, however, benefits from this as the original short story was a little bland and boring. Brett rises to the challenge and gives one of his best ever performances, and Simon Callow is suitably suarve and evil as the main protagonist.
Generally, a sumptious adaptation, given a 90's polish and reworking!
A length adaptation includes some new plot strands that fit in well to the surrounding drama and heightens the hatred one feels for Milverton.
Excellent performances all round, especially from Robert Hardy, and both Brett and Hardwick fully rounded and comfortable in their roles makes this a superb piece of drama.