A wicked and wonderful sense of humor saves this fairly ordinary, albeit not ordinary subject matter, story from being just another well-produced, 19th Century, BBC drama that would bore me. Oh, and lots of sex; though honestly, that’s not the primary draw… but, in the vaudeville spirit of the series, “It couldn’t hoit!”
The series, told in 3 acts/episodes, is a very entertaining coming-of-age/finding oneself/finding love/rags to riches story. Think Voltaire meets Dickens. I watched the entire 3 hours series in one sitting and suspect you would too.