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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield BBC 30/12/13

Did anyone see this? I thought it was an excellent adaptation of what (for me) is a somewhat flawed but fascinating Gothic tale. Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman were superb, and the setting was brilliantly evoked. I was engrossed throughout, but I do still feel that the denouement (both in book and film) fail to convince. (Unless, of course, the narrator is unreliable--and I don't think she is intended to be!)

I enjoyed the book, but somehow, the idea of seeing it on TV did not appeal: I preferred to keep it inside my head. The cast seemed very strong and from what I saw of the trailers, it was very attractive visually. Perhaps I should have watched!

I watched it and enjoyed it but I felt the ending, although it tied everything together, was too rational.

Although I was quite scared in places, at the end I just thought:  "Oh, so that's what it was all about."  Great gothic tales, such as "The Woman In Black" leave you even more unsettled at the end.

I like the idea of the unreliable narrator but unless I missed it, there was nothing to suggest she was unreliable.

It was visually stunning; at one point I found myself wishing I had red hair.
Green Jay

I found both book and TV programme rather unsatisfying, promising more than they could deliver in the end and rather confusing in the way that the 3rd child is brought in. It is a long time since I read it, but I felt that the TV drama smoothed out the relationship between Redgrave and Coleman (can't remember their names in the book!!  Rolling Eyes ) The poor hired biographer seemed to have a much more disturbing time of it, whereas here she just seemed to listen quietly and do a bit of investigating but not get conflicted. It did look ravishing, though, and Redgrave with red hair as great.

If you want really disturbing gothic that stays with you, read Edith Wharton's ghostly tales.

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