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Olive Martin (Quirke), a heavily overweight young woman is convicted of killing and butchering her mother and sister and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, when she is assigned to write a book about her life, author Rosalind Leigh (Goodall) begins to develop a relationship with Olive and is soon convinced of her innocence. With the help of restaurant owner and former policeman Hal Hawksley (Fulford), she sets out to prove it and undo what she sees as a miscarriage of justice. However, all is not what is seems.Written by
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Writer Rosalind Leigh is handed a new project, the story of Olive Martin, aka The Sculptress, an obese woman imprisoned for the brutal murders of her mother and sister.
The first of The BBC's dramatisations of the books of Minette Walters. The book is excellent, justice is done with this excellent adaptation. It's brutal, powerful, intense and intriguing. You will question Olive's guilt, and the behaviour of those involved.
Quirke is superb as The Sculptress, I can remember thinking at the time it's a long way from Birds of a Feather, I was left in no doubt as to talents of the actress behind Sharon Theodopolopodous after this, it's a superb performance. Christopher Fulford and Caroline Goodall are fantastic also.
There is a temporary lull in the middle as the focus switches away from Olive, but the beginning and ending are superb. 9/10
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