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A Dance to the Music of Time 

Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.

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Series cast summary:
 Mrs. Erdleigh / ... 4 episodes, 1997
 Bob Duport / ... 4 episodes, 1997
 Widmerpool 4 episodes, 1997
Robin Bailey ...
 Uncle Alfred 3 episodes, 1997
 Peter Templer 3 episodes, 1997
 Moreland 3 episodes, 1997
Richard Pasco ...
 Sir Magnus Donners 3 episodes, 1997
 Nicholas Jenkins 3 episodes, 1997
 Charles Stringham 3 episodes, 1997
 JG Quiggin 3 episodes, 1997
Grant Thatcher ...
 Mark Members 3 episodes, 1997
Sarah Badel ...
 Lady Molly 2 episodes, 1997
 Uncle Giles 2 episodes, 1997
 Odo Stevens 2 episodes, 1997
 Pamela Flitton 2 episodes, 1997
 Audrey Maclintick 2 episodes, 1997
Michael Williams ...
 Ted Jeavons 2 episodes, 1997
 Miss Weedon 2 episodes, 1997
 David Pennistone / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Barbara Durkin ...
 Sunny Farebrother 2 episodes, 1997
Osmund Bullock ...
 Priscilla 2 episodes, 1997
 Colonel Flores 2 episodes, 1997


Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.

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Release Date:

9 October 1997 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Horos sti mousiki tou hronou  »

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(4 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.55 : 1
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Memmorable adaptation with just a few flaws
17 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

They don't make adaptations like this any more - no doubt for cost reasons and a lack of imagination and bravery at the TV companies. 7 hours of solid drama, yet full of incidental humour and some very fine characterisations.

Unfortunately it is flawed, and the flaws make it just very good viewing rather than the excellent series it should have been. The biggest flaws to my mind are:

1 The decision to replace Nick and his wife by new actors for Film 4 was totally wrong. Nick ages far too much in too short a space of time, and looks completely different. This creates a real problem of believability.

2 Still on ageing, some of the actors are 'aged' very well, whilst others (especially the ladies and Odo) seem hardly any different as the decades progress.

3 Film 4 is by far the weakest, though to be fair this reflects the books on which it is based. Perhaps it should have been cut further and the earlier years given even greater prominence.

4 Despite a great deal of pruning, there are still too many characters and insufficient narration for non-aficionados of the books to be sure all the time of who is who.

5 The scenes often seem to be a succession of dramatic deaths - difficult to avoid with the way the story has to be condensed, but very predictable nonetheless.

However, it's still pretty good, and light years removed from much of the dumbed-down drama on TV today.

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