Daniel Deronda (2002– )
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Gwendolen Harleth encounters Henleigh Grandcourt and Daniel Deronda at separate events. Faced with family financial trouble and knowing the status of Lydia Glasher, Gwendolen receives a marriage proposal from Grandcourt.

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writers:

Andrew Davies, George Eliot (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Dancy ... Daniel Deronda
Romola Garai ... Gwendolen Harleth
Hugh Bonneville ... Henleigh Grandcourt
Jodhi May ... Mirah Lapidoth
Edward Fox ... Sir Hugo Mallinger
Amanda Root ... Mrs. Davilow
David Bamber ... Lush
Greta Scacchi ... Lydia Glasher
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Meyrick
Jamie Bamber ... Hans Meyrick
Allan Corduner ... Herr Klesmer
Michael Attwell ... Rev. Gascoigne
Jordan Frieda Jordan Frieda ... Rex Gascoigne
Anna Steel Anna Steel ... Catherine Arrowpoint
Nicholas Day ... Lord Brackenshaw
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Gwendolen Harleth encounters Henleigh Grandcourt and Daniel Deronda at separate events. Faced with family financial trouble and knowing the status of Lydia Glasher, Gwendolen receives a marriage proposal from Grandcourt.

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Drama | History | Romance

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TV-PG
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Release Date:

23 November 2002 (UK) See more »

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When Grandcourt and Gwendolen are courting, he takes her riding and encourages her to jump her horse while her mother looks on. She is riding side saddle and her legs are to the right as she approaches the jump and to the left afterward. See more »

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Contessa Maria Alcharisi: It is a talent to love. I lacked it, and I know very well what love makes of men and women. It is subjection. I was never willingly subject to any man. Men have been subject to me.
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Porgi amor
(from "The Marriage of Figaro")
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Vocalist Jenny Burn
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Daniel Deronda: Part 1
28 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been a big fan of period dramas and there are many classic examples of there, television adaptations and film. Also love the books of George Eliot, especially 'Middlemarch', for their richness of detail, complexity of characterisation, wonderful use of language and emotional impact amongst many other things.

'Daniel Deronda' is not quite the masterpiece that is 'Middlemarch' in book-terms, it's still a compelling read once you stick with it with a story that is beautiful and harrowing and characters that are not strictly likable initially but grow to root for. This 2002 mini-series adaptation as a stand alone and adaptation is outstanding where the only blemish is the ending, and this first episode couldn't have been a more perfect start.

First things first, 'Daniel Deronda' does look great, the colours have so much warmth, the photography oozes with fluidity, the costumes are evocative and beautifully tailored and the scenery and locations enough to take the breath away. The music is suitably understated with plenty of charm and also some haunting parts too.

Writing-wise, 'Daniel Deronda' is very literate and the intelligently written dialogue is adapted with real fluency and grace, capturing all the themes and contrasts(very heavy, risky ones too like good and evil, lies and deception, prejudice and self-discovery and selfishness and honesty/humility) of the book beautifully, understated and not crass.

The story is close in spirit to the book, while lengthy and taking its time to develop- necessary as there's a lot in the book, length and details wise- it is still movingly and hard-hittingly told. The characters all translate well in the adaptation, they're every bit as interesting and not distorted in personality at all. Gwen in particular is a complex character to pull off, a lot of people seem to dislike her and understandably, she does frustrate you to begin with but you do feel sorry for her by the end.

Acting along with the way the mini-series looked and was written is what makes 'Daniel Deronda' so good. In particular Hugh Bonneville who does bring some wit but essentially Grandcourt is a real evil piece of work, it's very easy to hate him but not in a pantomimic sense. Hugh Dancy characterises compassionately and gently, his moments of anguish genuinely poignant in alternative to underplayed while the contempt Daniel keeps within him is not overplayed.

As said earlier, Gwen is a difficult character to pass off credibly and Romola Garai does that and it brilliantly comes off, very deeply felt and honest without ever feeling forced. Jodhi May is affecting and beautiful and Edward Fox comes off well as the benevolent benefactor. The direction is admirably restrained, refraining from being overly-languid or overly-complicated, which either way would have spoilt the impact of the story.

To conclude, 'Daniel Deronda' overall is really outstanding in all aspects and one can see that perfectly with this first part. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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