Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Great Expectations

I've commented on the BBC's inability to produce trailers that make its forthcoming programmes appear worth viewing. Here's an exception. The trailer for Charles Dickens' Great Expectations creates the impression that David Lean's 1946 masterpiece has finally been equalled in quality. Gillian Anderson's beautiful, ghostlike Miss Havisham adds new depth to the character, her voice a delicate balance of charm and menace. What idiot jilted this terrific lady? Oscar Kennedy as Young Pip stands suitably entranced before Miss Havisham as though hypnotised by a snake. But can any girl surpass Jean Simmons as young Estella? I can hardly wait to view Episode 1 of Great Expectations tonight on BBC1 at 9pm (title link). Above: Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham and Oscar Kennedy as Young Pip.


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