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A Dance to the Music of Time 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1997– )
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Anthony Powell's twelve volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatized for television.
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Series cast summary:
Gillian Barge ...  Mrs. Erdleigh / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Nicholas Jones ...  Bob Duport / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Simon Russell Beale ...  Widmerpool 4 episodes, 1997
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ...  Uncle Alfred 3 episodes, 1997
Jonathan Cake ...  Peter Templer 3 episodes, 1997
James Fleet ...  Moreland 3 episodes, 1997
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ...  Sir Magnus Donners 3 episodes, 1997
James Purefoy ...  Nicholas Jenkins 3 episodes, 1997
Paul Rhys ...  Charles Stringham 3 episodes, 1997
Annabel Mullion ...  Mona 3 episodes, 1997
Claire Skinner ...  Jean 3 episodes, 1997
Adrian Scarborough ...  JG Quiggin 3 episodes, 1997
Grant Thatcher Grant Thatcher ...  Mark Members 3 episodes, 1997
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ...  Lady Molly 2 episodes, 1997
Alan Bennett ...  Sillery 2 episodes, 1997
Emma Fielding ...  Isobel 2 episodes, 1997
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Le Bas 2 episodes, 1997
Edward Fox ...  Uncle Giles 2 episodes, 1997
Anastasia Hille ...  Matilda 2 episodes, 1997
Nigel Lindsay ...  Odo Stevens 2 episodes, 1997
Miranda Richardson ...  Pamela Flitton 2 episodes, 1997
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Audrey Maclintick 2 episodes, 1997
Michael Williams ...  Ted Jeavons 2 episodes, 1997
Geraldine Alexander ...  Susan 2 episodes, 1997
Carmen Du Sautoy ...  Miss Weedon 2 episodes, 1997
Nicholas Rowe ...  David Pennistone / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Barbara Durkin ...  Betty 2 episodes, 1997
Andrew Havill ...  Sunny Farebrother 2 episodes, 1997
Osmund Bullock Osmund Bullock ...  Erridge 2 episodes, 1997
Caroline Harker ...  Priscilla 2 episodes, 1997
Tony Osoba ...  Colonel Flores 2 episodes, 1997
Bryan Pringle ...  Smith 2 episodes, 1997
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Anthony Powell's twelve volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatized for television.

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9 October 1997 (UK) See more »

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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.55 : 1
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In the final segment, when Widmerpool is kissing the feet of the disciples, the edge of his phony hairpiece is clearly visible on the back of his head. See more »

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It's no Brideshead
23 August 2003 | by eunceSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with Mary Smith from America who said that this series was better than Brideshead Revisited. A Dance to the Music of time is almost completely devoid of any charismatic or otherwise engaging characters, with the exception of the likeable Stringham and the repulsive Widmerpool. It gestures towards Brideshead far too obviously (perhaps this was inevitable given the subject matter and the era) and in a way that only demonstrates its relative inferiority. The dialogue and direction are far too stagey, with the result that the character's words just don't ring true. Moreover I felt no concern for any of the characters: they wander aimlessly through their lives and we are offered nothing more than disconnected snapshots to develop our interest. There seems to be no analysis of or motivation for any of their actions: one character kisses another, some people get married, some divorce and some die. There is little by way of analysis: we "see" a lot, but understand (or care for) little of what goes on.

I confess that I enjoyed this series in parts. The costumes really are very good and the better actors do try valiantly with this stilted and sterile script. But it really is almost embarrassing compared to the infinitely superior Brideshead. Apart from a few entertaining scenes involving people dying at parties, and a rather enthusiastic display of nudity in the early scenes, this mini-series is really only for those who have read the books, and even then only as a curiosity piece.

Perhaps I have come to expect too much of British mini-series after being spoilt by productions such as Brideshead Revisited, Martin Chuzzlewit and Pride and Prejudice. Nonetheless, A Dance to the Music of Time is a barely entertaining, wasted opportunity.


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