Daniel Deronda TV PG
Airing Sundays, April 4 and 11, 2004 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)
Aired previously March 2003
Combine two of the most captivating and enigmatic characters in Victorian literature, the world's most successful television screenwriter and a glittering cast of Britain's finest actors... the result is Andrew Davies's mesmerizing adaptation of George Eliot's emotionally intense masterpiece.
"Daniel Deronda is highly original and modern in its feel," says Davies. "Eliot's last novel is bold and experimental for its time, which makes it ripe for adaptation. Set in the 1860s, it is a passionate, intense love story which takes both hero and heroine, Daniel Deronda and Gwendolen Harleth, on a journey of eventual self-fulfillment."
Gwendolen (Romola Garai) falls in love with Daniel (Hugh Dancy) when she first sees him at the roulette table and senses that he is not like other young men. Gwendolen - outwardly alluring and vivacious - is selfishly determined to get what she wants out of life. Daniel is sensitive, caring and highly intelligent but an illegitimate son who is haunted by doubts about his own identity. He is drawn to Gwendolen, sensing the vulnerability and despair that lurk behind her brilliant façade.
Gwendolen is forced by circumstances into an oppressive marriage to self-centered aristocrat Henleigh Grandcourt, who crushes her independent spirit and moulds her into his perfect wife. He also hides a dark secret, which further threatens Gwendolen's happiness. She turns for friendship to Daniel, only to discover his involvement with Mirah Lapidoth, a talented Jewess whom he rescues from drowning and whom he finds himself caring for deeply but not knowing exactly why.
Daniel Deronda, George Eliot's last novel, caused a great stir when it was published in 1876. Its exposure of human and social issues still powerfully reverberating in our modern world shines a spotlight into the darker corners of 19th-century English life. Daniel Deronda has been adapted by Andrew Davies, whose award-winning adaptations include some of the most successful dramas on television.
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