Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong ... See full summary »
George De La Pena,
Henry is about to jump off a bridge when he hears a cry for help. He helps Karen, who had also planned suicide. They're both on Tower Bridge, London, because somebody wronged them. Revenging each other gives them a reason to live.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Kristin Scott Thomas
Oliver is a middle-aged lecturer in Comparative Religion, with a passion for trivia, crosswords, and anagrams, and a very strange taste in jokes. Having been fired from the University of the Rhondda Valley, and with no family ties, he decides to set off on a quest to find "Aristotle", a setter of crosswords. He soon teams up with Woman Police Constable Diane Priest, who has just been suspended from the police force because she has been asking too many questions about a local murder that seems to implicate the Chief Constable. Pursued by Baxter ("the man with no name"), Oliver and Diane visit Shrewsbury, North Yorkshire, Durham, Hadrian's Wall, and Kirkleven in the Scottish highlands on their journey to find "Aristotle" in the Orkney Isles. Along the way, they uncover a major scandal centred around a property company. The laconic humor and the laid-back style are similar in many ways to The Beiderbecke Affair (1985), The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987), and The Beiderbecke Connection (1988) (...Written by
When Alan Plater wrote the novel, "Oliver's Travels", on which this television mini-series was based, he dedicated it to his friend and fellow resident of Hull, Sir Tom Courtenay. When the BBC decided to dramatize the novel for television, Plater hoped that Courtenay would play Oliver, and was not pleased either with the casting of Sir Alan Bates, or with the way that Giles Foster directed the mini-series. See more »
Quirky and romantic like classic Hollywood screwball comedy
This is a quirky romantic piece with lots of surprises. The leads are very engaging, intelligent and real. They are not overly glamorous but yet very attractive people you would not mind spending time with. This mini series is very reminiscent of the classic Hollywood screwball comedies of the thirties and forties . Preston's Sturges' Sullivan's Travels comes to mind. This is one of the best shows to ever appear on PBS and it's difficult to understand why it is not out on Video or DVD. I am very thankful that I made a copy of this program when it was originally aired on PBS.
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