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The Line of Beauty 

A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for.
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Series cast summary:
Dan Stevens ...  Nick Guest 3 episodes, 2006
Tim McInnerny ...  Gerald Fedden 3 episodes, 2006
Hayley Atwell ...  Cat Fedden / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Alice Krige ...  Rachel Fedden 3 episodes, 2006
Carmen Du Sautoy ...  Elena 3 episodes, 2006
Alex Wyndham ...  Wani Ouradi 3 episodes, 2006
James Bradshaw ...  Polly Tompkins 3 episodes, 2006
Oliver Coleman Oliver Coleman ...  Toby Fedden 3 episodes, 2006
Lydia Leonard ...  Penny Kent 3 episodes, 2006
Don Gilet ...  Leo Charles 3 episodes, 2006
Christopher Fairbank ...  Barry Groom 3 episodes, 2006
Oscar James Oscar James ...  Brentford 2 episodes, 2006
John Warnaby John Warnaby ...  Badger 2 episodes, 2006
John Standing ...  Lord Kessler 2 episodes, 2006
Siri Svegler ...  Martine 2 episodes, 2006
Nikki Amuka-Bird ...  Rosemary Charles 2 episodes, 2006
Justin Salinger ...  Russel / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Caroline Blakiston ...  Lady Partridge 2 episodes, 2006
Julia St John Julia St John ...  Greta Timms 2 episodes, 2006
David Yelland ...  John Timms 2 episodes, 2006
John Quayle ...  Geoffrey Titchfield 2 episodes, 2006
Bruno Lastra ...  Tristao 2 episodes, 2006
Tom Knight ...  Norman Kent 2 episodes, 2006
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Nick Guest comes to London to live with his college friend's family, the Feddens. A short stay becomes permanent, and Nick positions himself in the family's plentiful lives of parties and politics during the Thatcher years. Over the course of three episodes spanning four years in the mid-eighties, we follow Nick's two homosexual love affairs in a time of promiscuity and carelessness, until the AIDS crisis and a bout of scandal threaten life as he has come to know it. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

17 May 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Linha da Beleza See more »

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(3 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The title refers to a feature of architecture, a concave shape combined with a convex shape, known as an ogee. "Ogee" is also the name of the magazine that Nick and Wani publish in the series. See more »

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[first lines]
Nick Guest: Wow. Is this really where you live?
Toby Fedden: Yep, well, you know, where my parents live. What's the matter, something wrong with it?
Nick Guest: No, it's... it's lovely.
Toby Fedden: Come on, then.
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Inside the gilded balloon
31 May 2006 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Alan Hollinghurst's 'The Line of Beauty' is, at least in this adaptation, a version of 'The Great Gatsby' fitted to 1980s Britain, the story of a young man from an ordinary background who mistakenly harbours too many illusions about the beautiful people of the smart set. The story lacks the utter poignancy of Fitzgerald's book because the hero (who, co-incidentally or not, shares the name of Nick with the other novel's protagonist) only rejects his adopted world when it rejects him; But the screenplay, cinematography, and performances are all first rate, especially that of Tim McInerny, playing a MP whose ultimate ruthlessness, self-righteousness, and rottenness, is hidden beneath a layer of almost genuine charm and kindness. The political overtones of the story are somewhat lost in a treatment that dwells almost exclusively inside the gilded balloon, and all of the characters could be handled less sympathetically with some justification, but the indulgent early mood reaps final reward when things go sour. Screenwriter Andrew Davies made his name with the contemporary series 'A Very Peculiar Practice', but these days seems to concentrate largely on period drama. This aberration proves itself welcome, and leaves one hopeful of more to come.


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