10.05PM, ABC ★
A dull, uninspired and bitsy adaptation of the classic 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh. The fi lmmakers were obviously keen to avoid comparisons with the landmark 1981 TV mini- series, however, reducing Waugh’s rich stew of withering social observation to a thin gruel of pretty pictures and slight melodramatics was not the way to go about it. Matthew Goode stars as a foppy social climber whose achy- breaky heart belongs to the sister ( Hayley Atwell) of his gay best friend ( Ben Whishaw). Anyone familiar with the book knows there’s much more to the tale than what little makes the cut here.