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A Dance to the Music of Time 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1997– )
Anthony Powell's twelve volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatized for television.
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Gillian Barge ...  Mrs. Erdleigh / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Nicholas Jones ...  Bob Duport / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Simon Russell Beale ...  Widmerpool 4 episodes, 1997
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ...  Uncle Alfred 3 episodes, 1997
Jonathan Cake ...  Peter Templer 3 episodes, 1997
James Fleet ...  Moreland 3 episodes, 1997
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ...  Sir Magnus Donners 3 episodes, 1997
James Purefoy ...  Nicholas Jenkins 3 episodes, 1997
Paul Rhys ...  Charles Stringham 3 episodes, 1997
Annabel Mullion ...  Mona 3 episodes, 1997
Claire Skinner ...  Jean 3 episodes, 1997
Adrian Scarborough ...  JG Quiggin 3 episodes, 1997
Grant Thatcher Grant Thatcher ...  Mark Members 3 episodes, 1997
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ...  Lady Molly 2 episodes, 1997
Alan Bennett ...  Sillery 2 episodes, 1997
Emma Fielding ...  Isobel 2 episodes, 1997
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Le Bas 2 episodes, 1997
Edward Fox ...  Uncle Giles 2 episodes, 1997
Anastasia Hille ...  Matilda 2 episodes, 1997
Nigel Lindsay ...  Odo Stevens 2 episodes, 1997
Miranda Richardson ...  Pamela Flitton 2 episodes, 1997
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Audrey Maclintick 2 episodes, 1997
Michael Williams ...  Ted Jeavons 2 episodes, 1997
Geraldine Alexander ...  Susan 2 episodes, 1997
Carmen Du Sautoy ...  Miss Weedon 2 episodes, 1997
Nicholas Rowe ...  David Pennistone / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Barbara Durkin ...  Betty 2 episodes, 1997
Andrew Havill ...  Sunny Farebrother 2 episodes, 1997
Osmund Bullock Osmund Bullock ...  Erridge 2 episodes, 1997
Caroline Harker ...  Priscilla 2 episodes, 1997
Tony Osoba ...  Colonel Flores 2 episodes, 1997
Bryan Pringle ...  Smith 2 episodes, 1997
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Anthony Powell's twelve volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatized for television.

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Drama

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UK

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English

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9 October 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Horos sti mousiki tou hronou See more »

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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.55 : 1
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In the final segment, when Widmerpool is kissing the feet of the disciples, the edge of his phony hairpiece is clearly visible on the back of his head. See more »

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Twentieth Century Blues
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By Noël Coward
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Memmorable adaptation with just a few flaws
17 May 2006 | by David198See all my reviews

They don't make adaptations like this any more - no doubt for cost reasons and a lack of imagination and bravery at the TV companies. 7 hours of solid drama, yet full of incidental humour and some very fine characterisations.

Unfortunately it is flawed, and the flaws make it just very good viewing rather than the excellent series it should have been. The biggest flaws to my mind are:

1 The decision to replace Nick and his wife by new actors for Film 4 was totally wrong. Nick ages far too much in too short a space of time, and looks completely different. This creates a real problem of believability.

2 Still on ageing, some of the actors are 'aged' very well, whilst others (especially the ladies and Odo) seem hardly any different as the decades progress.

3 Film 4 is by far the weakest, though to be fair this reflects the books on which it is based. Perhaps it should have been cut further and the earlier years given even greater prominence.

4 Despite a great deal of pruning, there are still too many characters and insufficient narration for non-aficionados of the books to be sure all the time of who is who.

5 The scenes often seem to be a succession of dramatic deaths - difficult to avoid with the way the story has to be condensed, but very predictable nonetheless.

However, it's still pretty good, and light years removed from much of the dumbed-down drama on TV today.


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