Love For Lydia - Complete details
|Starring:||Jeremy Irons, Mel Martin, Peter Davison, Christopher Blake|
|Directors:||John Glenister, Piers Haggard|
Love For Lydia - Complete - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
Love For Lydia - Complete - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
Love For Lydia - Complete - Disc 3
|TBC Disc 3|
Love For Lydia - Complete - Disc 4
|TBC Disc 4|
Love For Lydia - Complete - Disc 5
|TBC Disc 5|
Love For Lydia - Complete - Disc 6
|TBC Disc 6|
|Run time:||10 hours 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Apr 2004|
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A Forgotten GemBy Roger E from Coventry , 12 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]At last I've been able to watch this - made in the late 70s, this adaptation of the HE Bates novel has still had no rerun on TV as far as I know. A crying shame, as it's an overlooked classic.
Love, jealousy, old mansions & vintage cars - with plenty of large gins thrown in.
Great cast - Michael Aldridge steals every scene he's in as the blustering Uncle Rollo, always with glass or bottle in hand, for whom everything is 'plum awful'.
So if you like a long quality period drama along the lines of Brideshead to see you through the winter, I suggest you throw another log on the fire, pour yourself a large one & sit back to enjoy this. Plum awful outside.
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Timeless BeautyBy a customer , 06 Aug 2013wonderful to be immersed in this series once again. I remember vividly watching it when I was 14... it is so mournfully beautiful.... and hasn't lost any of its power over the years. Skillfully written and wonderfully acted....
Love on the IceBy GusBye (2 reviews) from Meldreth, Cambridge , 29 May 2009H.E.Bates' intensely lyrical tale of burgeoning young love between a cub reporter and the daughter of a decaying aristocratic family during the depressed thirties makes absorbing reading, but on the other hand a challenge to portray on the small screen. The narrative depends on intricate description of the turn of seasons in East Midland landscape, but this is beautifully realised in the outstanding photography and lovingly detailed period reconstuction. The acting of the peripheral characters is first rate - here you see early performances of Peter Davidson and Jeremy Irons, and at the other end of the age scale the veteran Beatrix Lehman in wonderfully impressive form. The portrayal of the main characters is less impressive: Lydia's bitchiness is too accentuated for comfort and you wonder why she is supposed to so lovable. Richardson, the book's narrator, needs a voice-over to get his feelings across, otherwise, as here, he is stiff and lacking in dimension. Some reading of Bates' elegeaic prose would have made all the difference. This review comes from a lover of the book, so I am bound to be pernickety. All the same, this is a wonderful series where you can drown yourself in the passion and pain of young love. 'Always love me, even if I'm bad to you,' Lydia demands. A promise readily given: but painfully difficult to fulfill.
Literary Adaptation at its BestBy a customer from Witney , 23 Feb 2009Beautifully filmed, impeccably acted, finely written and masterfully paced (if a little slow by present-day standards - a plus in my book), this tale of love, loyalties, class and sexual psychology is a period drama in which the period is incidental to the development of plot and character rather than being the central focus, as so often today. With the possible exception of Uncle Rollo, the series is free of caricature, and Mel Martin as Lydia delivers a performance of extreme subtlety.
Very enjoyable period seriesBy Wife of customer from Cardiff , 10 Mar 2008I think I (surprisingly) missed this when it was first broadcast (maybe it clashed with something else) - so it was a treat to be able to rent it from the club & wallow in another inter-war series: nearly 11 hours!
I've given 3 stars rather than more, mostly because the actual story isn't entirely happy for everyone throughout.
(Interestingly, while [or soon after] watching this series last year, I went to see Spamalot, in which King Arthur was played by one of the Love For Lydia stars, Peter Davison, now about twice his Love For Lydia age!)
Classic drama, classically shotBy a customer from Doncaster , 23 Feb 2008A quality production beyond the imagining of present television executives.