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The Line of Beauty 

A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs for which he seems destined.
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Series cast summary:
Dan Stevens ...  Nick Guest 3 episodes, 2006
Tim McInnerny ...  Gerald Fedden 3 episodes, 2006
Hayley Atwell ...  Cat Fedden / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Alice Krige ...  Rachel Fedden 3 episodes, 2006
Carmen Du Sautoy ...  Elena 3 episodes, 2006
Alex Wyndham ...  Wani Ouradi 3 episodes, 2006
James Bradshaw ...  Polly Tompkins 3 episodes, 2006
Oliver Coleman Oliver Coleman ...  Toby Fedden 3 episodes, 2006
Lydia Leonard ...  Penny Kent 3 episodes, 2006
Don Gilet ...  Leo Charles 3 episodes, 2006
Christopher Fairbank ...  Barry Groom 3 episodes, 2006
Oscar James Oscar James ...  Brentford 2 episodes, 2006
John Warnaby John Warnaby ...  Badger 2 episodes, 2006
John Standing ...  Lord Kessler 2 episodes, 2006
Siri Svegler ...  Martine 2 episodes, 2006
Nikki Amuka-Bird ...  Rosemary Charles 2 episodes, 2006
Justin Salinger ...  Russel / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Caroline Blakiston ...  Lady Partridge 2 episodes, 2006
Julia St John Julia St John ...  Greta Timms 2 episodes, 2006
David Yelland ...  John Timms 2 episodes, 2006
John Quayle ...  Geoffrey Titchfield 2 episodes, 2006
Bruno Lastra ...  Tristao 2 episodes, 2006
Tom Knight ...  Norman Kent 2 episodes, 2006
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Storyline

Nick Guest (Dan Stevens) comes to London to live with his college friend's family, the Feddens. A short stay becomes permanent, and Nick positions himself in the family's plentiful lives of parties and politics during the Thatcher years. Over the course of three episodes spanning four years in the mid eighties, we follow Nick's two homosexual love affairs in a time of promiscuity and carelessness, until the A.I.D.S. crisis, and a bout of scandal, threaten life as he has come to know it. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

17 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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The Line of Beauty See more »

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(3 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The title refers to a feature of architecture, a concave shape combined with a convex shape, known as an ogee. "Ogee" is also the name of the magazine that Nick and Wani publish in the series. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick Guest: Wow. Is this really where you live?
Toby Fedden: Yep, well, you know, where my parents live. What's the matter, something wrong with it?
Nick Guest: No, it's... it's lovely.
Toby Fedden: Come on, then.
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Nick Guest meet Nick Carraway. "Gatsby" updated.
12 December 2006 | by radkinsSee all my reviews

"The Line of Beauty," which I recently saw on Logo, is a wonderful film, but it reminded me heavily of "The Great Gatsby" in that it makes the narrator a character in the scenario. Sam Waterston was given the role of Daisy Buchanan's poorer cousin, Nick Carraway. In "Line" Nick Guest serves in much the same way, with the exception that Nick Guest never realized he was an outsider, whereas Nick Carraway always did. Also much like Hemingway's reaction to F. Scott Fitzgerald's (author of "Gatsby") that "The rich are very different from us" - "Yes, they have more money", Guest finds out that human emotions, in this case recrimination, blame and betrayal, are just as much a part of the upper class as the lower. Guest and Gatsby both admire the upper class and at some point in each story, believe themselves equal to them, until each are made to pay for the sins of those they admire. In Gatsby's case, he is mistakenly shot by the wife of a garage mechanic who believes him to be Daisy's husband Tom, who is both wealthy and immoral. It is a classic story of social separatism, told with an extra layer of the start of the AIDS epidemic. It is a fine job of writing and acting all around. I was particularly impressed with the final slap in the face Nick gets from the housekeeper, who should have been more sympathetic to Nick, but who is also self-deluded in her thinking that she is part of the family, and not an outsider.


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