Tag Archives: ITV1

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: John Hurt in ‘An Englishman in New York’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – When John Hurt portrayed Quentin Crisp in the movie “The Naked Civil Servant” 33 years ago, it gave Crisp the stardom he’d always craved. Now Hurt is back in the same role in “An Englishman … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: ‘Moving Wallpaper’ / ‘Echo Beach’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Comedies set behind the scenes at television shows have met with varying success in the past, but Tony Jordan’s “Moving Wallpaper”/”Echo Beach” goes one step further by combining backstage antics with the finished product. “Moving … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: Dickens’s ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Far from chestnuts roasting and choristers singing, Charles Dickens’ “The Old Curiosity Shop” is a curiously bleak tale for Christmas. Famous for the death scene of a most sympathetic character, it’s a sorrowful story of … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: Billie Piper in ‘Mansfield Park’

By Ray Bennett Billie Piper hardly has to prove herself any more as a television actress after “Canterbury Tales,” “Doctor Who” and “The Ruby In the Smoke,” and she’s very good in “Mansfield Park,” which airs on the U.K.’s ITV1 … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: Thomas Hardy’s ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – ITV’s screen adaptation of “Under the Greenwood Tree” misses the point of Thomas Hardy’s slim but evocative novel by a country mile so that if it was a bland and predictable rural English tale they … Continue reading

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