TV Show Reviews
Review of "The
Woman in White"
airs Sundays, 10pm on PBS
I enjoyed watching this PBS miniseries, which is based on a popular mystery
novel. Set in Victorian England, it starts out when a young artist, Walter (Ben
Hardy), sees a woman wandering around at night, all dressed in white. The rest
of the story is all about finding out who and where this woman is. The
artist, who's very attractive, falls for this other beautiful young woman, Laura (Olivia Vinall), who looks a lot
like that woman he saw wandering around (they're both played by the same
actress). Then, strangely enough, he
disappears for a while, and the story focuses more on Laura and her sister,
Marian (Jessie Buckley). The story gets very strange but stays intriguing. The artist
comes back later on; it has a satisfying ending for most of the characters.
Apparently, this adaptation is much more about women and how they were treated
back then, than was the original story. It's very interesting. Walter is a
penniless artist, forced to instruct people in art in order to pay his way and
to help support his mother. Laura and Marian are young women from a good family, but
they don't have the money they used to. Their uncle basically sells Laura into
marriage, and she has little to say about it, being a woman. Walter
teaches Laura and Marian about art until it becomes clear that he and Laura have
fallen in love, thus he's fired by the uncle. The man Laura is to marry,
Sir Percival (Dougray Scott), is a very obvious villain, but we don't know the extent of his
black deeds until near the end of the story. He has a friend, Count
Fosco (Riccardo Scamarcio), who is also a villain, along with his wife. The plot weaves around
in an interesting way. You should watch it. I enjoyed it.
Combining, romance, intrigue, and danger, Wilkie Collins’
beloved mystery novel has taken generations of readers on a
thrilling ride along the corridors of English country
houses, and down into the dankest, deepest corners of the
Victorian madhouse. This bold new adaptation by Fiona Seres
retains the creeping atmosphere that has captured the
imaginations of the book’s readers for over a century, while
bringing a distinctly modern take to its striking female
characters, its charismatic, formidable villains, and its
gripping, labyrinthine plot.
When Walter Hartright, a young drawing master, encounters
a ghostly woman dressed all in white on a moonlit road on
Hampstead Heath, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that
will transform his life forever. Offering his assistance to
this distressed, spectral woman, he is later shocked to
discover that she had just escaped from a nearby insane
Shortly afterwards, Walter takes up a teaching position
in the Cumbrian village of Limmeridge. There, he meets his
pupils – the clever, bold Marian Halcombe, and the
beautiful, sweet-natured Laura Fairlie.
Read more about the episodes below.
Episode 1 (Premiere Date: Oct. 21,
Walter Hartright encounters a mysterious woman.
Episode 2 (Premiere Date: Oct. 28,
Laura makes a confession and Sir Percival’s friend, Count
Fosco, comes to visit.
Episode 3 (Premiere Date: Nov. 4,
Laura learns the truth about Sir Percival. Marian
searches for answers.
Episode 4 (Premiere Date: Nov. 11,
Count Fosco and Sir Percival set their plan into motion.
Episode 5 (Premiere Date: Nov. 18,
Secrets are revealed, and Walter risks everything.
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