- Summary: Art teacher Walter Hartright (Ben Hardy) falls in love with his student (Olivia Vinall), who is engaged to Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott), but a woman dressed in white he found wandering on the road becomes the key to changing everything in this latest BBC adaptation by Fiona Seres ofArt teacher Walter Hartright (Ben Hardy) falls in love with his student (Olivia Vinall), who is engaged to Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott), but a woman dressed in white he found wandering on the road becomes the key to changing everything in this latest BBC adaptation by Fiona Seres of the Wilkie Collins novel.…
- Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Suspense
- Show Type: Mini-Series
- Season 1 premiere date: Oct 21, 2018
- Episode Length: 60
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It isn’t often that the components of a thriller can be said to blend perfectly with fiery social commentary, but it is the case with this marvelous production, which is downright terrifying in its aura of criminal menace and positively seething on the status of women--two very different dramatic forces, but they complement one another somehow.
Adapted in five parts, the better for you to soak in its candlelit atmosphere, it’s a story made for serialization, and, unlike some Victorian television adaptations, it doesn't employ garish audio-visual effects to galvanize the modern viewer. Screenwriter Fiona Seres follows the outlines of the novel (and finds a way to maintain its multiple-testimony narrative), with some economical compression and original elaboration in the denouement.
This haunting period thriller is the latest adaptation of Wilkie Collins' 1859 novel. ... Though set in the 19th century, it offers a timely indictment of cultural forces that privilege powerful men at the expense of women to this day.
The performances are solid and ingratiating. ... The miniseries’ resolution is particularly satisfying and even surprising for a story that originated in the 19th century. In Seres’ confident telling, The Woman in White is as relevant as the Time’s Up movement.
Once viewers power through the bafflingly slow first episode, the series becomes equally engrossing and enraging as patriarchal machinations push the siblings into intolerable situations.
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