An intoxicating black comedy, adapted from Ann Oakley's novel, about love and sexual politics. Bill Nighy, Harriet Walter, Amanda Redman, Charlotte Cornwell and James Aubrey star in this BBC drama, first shown in 1991. Charity Walton seems to have everything she could want: a husband, four children, a lovely house in London, and a successful career as a sociologist. Then she meets Mark Carleton, the incoming Head of the Sociology Department where she works: clever, handsome, and interested. Having devoted herself for years to her family, Charity finds herself surrendering to Carleton's charisma. Their sex is frequent, passionate and sometimes violent; their feelings for each other consuming and volatile. And Charity, having abandoned all she has known, realises that love isn't guaranteed. Mark is energetically unfaithful, a serial womaniser, and the torturous disintegration of their life together is both comical and poignantly sad. This hard-hitting five-part serial, set during the Thatcher years, launched Bill Nighy's career.
1991 was only 24 years ago. There are many films which are not dated from earlier, a few TV series but not many. This is not one. TV series about infidelity are not now fashionable I think because they don't have much entertainment or intrigue. Nighy was propelled to success from this so something good came of it.