Well above ex­pec­ta­tions

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Television - ROSIE SQUIRES GREAT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS, ABC1, tonight, 7.30pm

WHILE the com­mer­cial net­works rolled out drama adap­ta­tions of Sher­lock Holmes, Al­ca­traz and pop­u­lar fairy­tales ( Once Upon a Time), Aunty opted for Charles Dick­ens’ Great Ex­pec­ta­tions – but not as you’ve ever seen it.

This three- part se­ries is amaz­ing, fea­tur­ing some of the grand­est, most beau­ti­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy, score and cos­tum­ing.

The cast is cap­ti­vat­ing and the gritty screen­play has this re­viewer hooked.

This adap­ta­tion was first broad­cast on Bri­tish tele­vi­sion over the Christ­mas pe­riod in 2011 and stars Ray Win­stone as Mag­witch, Gil­lian An­der­son as Miss Hav­isham, Dou­glas Booth as Pip, Vanessa Kirby as Estella and David Suchet as Jag­gers.

An­der­son’s Miss Hav­isham drew at­ten­tion to the pro­duc­tion – she is a mere 43 com­pared with other ac­tresses who have played her.

But the crit­ics’ re­cep­tion for the for­mer X- Files star was gen­er­ally pos­i­tive.

Tonight, or­phan Pip ( Os­car Kennedy) is given a chance to leave be­hind his pau­per life for­ever.

He dares to be­lieve he might be des­tined for some­thing spe­cial, some­thing great.

For drama lovers, this is a must- watch.

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