Nick Simon (John Hannah) is going through a rough patch. He's
a widower with a 10-year old daughter, no romantic prospects, and his job
as a reporter for a British tabloid is in danger. When he gets set
up on a blind date with Polly Moreton (Susannah Harker who also appeared
in Ultraviolet) things go well. They seem to hit it off,
and a drunken Polly tells Nick that her father, Peter John Moreton (Michael
Gambon) a member of Parliament, has been having an affair with his secretary.
She's hoping that he'll print the story to get back at a father whose caused
her and her mother so much pain.
Nick really likes Polly, so he keeps the story, one that could save
his career, under his hat. That is until she stops returning his
calls. She's scared off by the fact that he has a daughter, and isn't
sure she wants to get involved with someone with baggage. When he
doesn't print the story about her father though, she realizes that he's
a true gentleman, and they start dating. The only thing is that Nick
has given the story to his paper, and now they are stalking Peter trying
to catch him in the act.
So begins Nick and Polly's on-again, off-again relationship which is
plagued by many twists and turns of fate. Peter is trying for a prestigious
position in the government so he cools off the affair for a while, Nick's
boss (played by Connie Booth of Fawlty Towers fame) thinks he made up the
story to save his job. Then there's subplots involving the court
case that Peter Moreton is involved with and the battle between Nick and
his wife's parents for custody of his daughter, Faith.
This was a serviceable show, but it never really grabbed me. About
half way through I grew weary of all of the amazing coincidences that take
place, and the fact that much of the drama would be lost if people were
just honest with one another. Nick lies to Polly (mostly by omission)
throughout most of their relationship starting from when they meet and
he lies about his job. She's not much better, rifling through his
wallet on their first date while he's not looking to find out what he really
does for a living. There were just too many times that the plot would
have fallen apart if people would have been just a little honest that I
found it hard to suspend my disbelief.
All of the turns and twists that the plot meanders through made this
feel like a soap opera more than anything else. It didn't seem like
a natural story unfolding, like the best mini-series do, but more like
an endless string of plot devices aimed at elongating the story for no
real purpose. other than to create a really long show. A lot of these
devices didn't seem realistic either. After one blind date Nick falls
for Polly? I found it a little hard to grasp that he would get terribly
upset when she didn't want to see him again. He's an adult after
all, he should know that happens. There were many, many more sections
that just seem to stretch reality just a bit which gives the show a soap
The acting was good, but not outstanding. Hannah does a fine job
as the rather wimpy and introverted reporter, but I never really identified
with his character. Harker was also adequate in her role, but I never
really believed her motivation either. Overall not a great show,
but not horrible either.
This 3 ½ hour mini-series comes on two single sided DVDs housed
in a single width keepcase. There is no insert.
This show was presented with a stereo audio mix and no subtitles.
The lack of subtitles really was a pain in a few instances. There
are some phrases and sentences that are hard to catch, especially with
everyone's accents, and subtitles would have been nice to hear what was
being said at those times. Aside from that, the audio is standard
fare. This is a dialog based show, and though some things are hard
to hear, that's fairly rare. The music is sometimes mixed a little
high, but it's not a major problem. A solid, if unimpressive, audio
This DVD is presented with its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
The picture quality was about average for an British TV show. The
image was fairly soft, with details not being as crisp as they could be.
The colors aren't as strong as I'd like them either. There is some
aliasing when the camera moves over diagonal lines and mosquito noise in
large patches of color, but other digital defects aren't present.
A passable transfer.
There are no extras.
This was a mediocre mini-series, but not a great one. When you
find yourself yelling to the screen "Just forget about her and get on with
your life!" you know it's not an outstanding series. I had a hard
time relating to the characters, and found the plot to be a bit contrived
and unnecessarily conveluted. The events didn't seem real, more of
something that you'd see on a soap opera. If you don't mind show
with an artificial feeling, there is a lot of drama in this show that some
people would find interesting. Make it a rental though.