Today's Choice; Radio Times; March 5, 2005; Alison Graham
Don't be fooled into thinking this is some kind of twee, genteel romance between a rather satid, middle-aged couple. It might start out seeming that way, but Falling eventually turns into a very dark and twisted tale. Of course, some of you will know this already if you've read the book by the criminally under-rated Elizabeth Jane Howard, dramatised here by Andrew Davies.
For those who haven't, this initially comes across as a touching love story between emotionally bruised author Daisy (Penelope Wilton) and cheerful gardener and handyman Henry (Michael Kitchen). The pair meet when Daisy moves from London to a cottage in the Yorkshire countryside to escape the painful end of a bad marriage.
Henry is attentive and courtly and woos Daisy with his apparent kindliness and thoughtfulness. But there's something about him that isn't quite right...
Kitchen and Wilton are both excellent in the lead roles; watch out, too, for a brief but telling appearance from Penny Downie as a woman from Henry's past. It's an intriguing piece of drama that's marred only - perhaps - by a faint whiff of mysogyny at the end.