Rest­less

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.30pm, 13th Street A two-part drama based on the Wil­liam Boyd novel of the same name, this is the kind of pro­gram that eas­ily might have been shown on the ABC or one of the com­mer­cial net­works. Set in 1976 in the English coun­try­side, and in Paris in 1939, Rest­less is a beau­ti­fully made and ab­sorb­ing tale of a mid­dle-aged woman who was once a suc­cess­ful se­cret agent and how, even in the later pe­riod, she re­mains in dan­ger. When the woman — known to her fam­ily as Sally Gil­martin (played in the 1939 scenes by Hay­ley Atwell and later by Char­lotte Ram­pling) — con­fesses to her daugh­ter Ruth ( Down­ton Abbey’s Michelle Dock­ery) that her real name is Eva Delec­torskya, Ruth is shocked. The mother has come clean about her iden­tity be­cause she feels she is be­ing watched by men in the woods and wants her daugh­ter’s help. Ruth thinks her mother is imag­in­ing things but picks up a spy-glass and gets quite a jolt. The top line cast also in­cludes Ru­fus Sewell, Michael Gam­bon, Adrian Scarborough and Ber­tie Carvel.

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