Falling

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.






TV Times, March 5, 2005

The quote in full: "Apologies to anyone turning on expecting that nice Mr Foyle.
It's probably goodbye to my fan base - I can't see either of them approving of this!"





Pick of the Day; TV Times; March 5, 2005; Ian Bradford

A glowing review of this drama is surplus to requirements just reading the names involved is enough of a recommendation to watch it. Adapted by top TV scriptwriter Andrew Davies from Elizabeth Jane Howard's best-selling novel, the slow-burning story, inspired by a real incident in Howard's life, stars two of Britain's favourite actors: Michael Kitchen and Penelope Wilton. When author Daisy Langrish (Wilton) buys a cottage in Yorkshire, local gardener Henry Kent (Kitchen) immediately schmoozes Daisy on her doorstep. Suspiciously benevolent from the outset, it soon becomes clear that the charming gardener has his eye on more than Daisy's herbaceous border, and as the tale unwinds, we see Henry for what he really is.