A mix of Jane Austin meets Dickens with a smidgen of Lady Chatterly’s Lover and a few other oddities. From what I understand, the book is much more complex and interesting, but I’ve not read it yet. I can say that it is a much slower and less intriguingly told story than Tipping the Velvet, which was the previous adaptation of a Sarah Waters book we’ve seen. And, which in fact, got us to purchase Fingersmith and rent this mini-series.

Overall, a very well done series with twists and turns and a fabulous cast and performances. The story is definitely unique. And, despite its 2-part, 3 hour length, we watched it straight through to the end. Due to the pacing, you’re likely to have to enjoy typical BBC period drama to settle in, but the road does diverge from expectations rather radically and the story will have you rethinking what you’re watching often.

Unlike Tipping the Velvet, however, I don’t think I’d be driven to rewatch this series. While good, the interactions aren’t entertaining enough in their own right to bring me back. They’re true to the story and charged with emotion, but I have to admit a desire for witty dialog in these types of drama.

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