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Wuthering Heights

Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1

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Review

This superb, magnetic piece of drama was first broadcast in 2009, but is well worth another look, thanks to some fine performances and writer Peter Bowker’s superb adaptation of possibly the most beloved romantic novel in English literature.

Bowker’s real skill is in making something fresh out of a book that’s been parodied (Monty Python), sung about (Kate Bush), turned into sappy films (the 1992 Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche version) and is well known even by people who haven’t read it.

It helps too that the casting is nigh-on perfect. Tom Hardy isn’t the caricatured, beetle-browed Heathcliff of popular mythology – he’s a hard, cruel man torn asunder by an overwhelming love. And Charlotte Riley isn’t the winsome wet blanket of legend; she’s a strong, spirited woman who loves to destruction.

Summary

First in a two-part adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic tale. In 1815, Mr Earnshaw returns home from Liverpool with orphan Heathcliff, who befriends his daughter Cathy but is resented by his son Hindley. Upon his father's death 10 years later, Hindley inherits Wuthering Heights and forces Heathcliff to live in the stables, while Cathy must choose between a life of comfort and her love for Heathcliff. Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Andrew Lincoln and Sarah Lancashire star.

Cast & Crew

Heathcliff Tom Hardy
Cathy Charlotte Riley
Edgar Andrew Lincoln
Nelly Sarah Lancashire
Hindley Burn Gorman
Isabella Rosalind Halstead
Catherine Rebecca Night
Linton Tom Payne
Hareton Andrew Hawley
Mr Earnshaw Kevin R McNally
Joseph Des McAleer
Doctor Kenneth Shaughan Seymour
Frances Sia Berkeley
Vicar James Harper
Saul Barnaby Kay
Robert John Hollingsworth
Young Heathcliff Declan Wheeldon
Young Cathy Alexandra Pearson
Young Hindley Joseph Taylor
Shepherd lad Jack O'Connell
Gypsy horse trader Simon Kassiandes
Director Coky Giedroyc
Producer Radford Neville
Writer Peter Bowker
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