The acclaimed BBC TV adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic mystery, the first detective novel ever written, starring Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes and Antony Sher. The Moonstone, a sacred Hindu diamond believed to carry a curse, was stolen from a shrine in India. In 1848, just days before her 18th birthday, Yorkshire heiress Rachel Verinder discoversthe jewel has been bequeathed to her by her estranged uncle. The Moonstone has been delivered by her by a young relative Franklin Blake, who offers tomount the jewel, so that she can wear it. The next morning, the jewel is gone, but it seemseveryone including the mysterious band of Indian Brahmins, the house-maid even Rachels mother, Lady Julia has an alibi. It falls upon the renowned detective Sergeant Cuff to attempt to unravel the mystery of the stolen diamond. Has one of the obvious suspects deviously committed the crime, or could there a more sinister force at work?
This is a good looking and well acted drama with the usual BBC standards in production. I would say that the storyline is a little dated but you have to expect that because of when it was written. If you find it a little slow at the start, stick with it as it picks up in the second half as the thriller elements kick in.
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