Based on the last novel of George Eliot and directed by the Oscar winning Tom Hooper (The Kings Speech), Daniel Deronda tells the story of an intense love story set in Victorian High Society.
Gwendolen Harleth, beautiful but newly penniless chooses security over love for Daniel Deronda by marrying wealthy brute Henleigh Grandcourt.
This marriage is loveless and unhappy and breaks Deronda’s heart.
Destiny introduces Deronda to a strange singer Mirah Lapidoth.
Mirah is Jewish and fascinates Daniel with her faith’s,customs and beliefs.
Gwendolen’s husband conveniently dies and destiny once again provides an opportunity for Daniel and Harleth to be together.
Will love win out?
Can destiny accommodate longing?
Victorian England continues to hold great fascination.
An age of imperial splendour and rapid social development.
The assertion of Jewishness in the form of Zionism and class accommodation with a rising middle class is not the typical bread and butter material of TV drama but that world is still very much a part of our modern British society.
The appreciation of which explains the popularity of ‘Downton Abbey’ and the recent royal wedding.
In a BBC show scripted by Andrew Davies this complicated novel is attractively presented in an intelligent and interesting entertainment.
Peopled by a who’s who of British acting with old hands mixing nicely with new bloods.
Colourful frocks and stiff collars take us into the highly regimented ‘society world’ and ‘mores’ of Victorian England.
Food for thought, a treat for the eye.
Sumptuous overall this is a tasty main course for the discerning viewer .
Daniel Deronda DVD BBC Second Sight