Director: David Cafferu (UK – 2007)
Based on a true story adapted from Stella Tillyard’s acclaimed biography, David Caffrey’s lavish three-part BBC costume drama draws back the curtains on the lives of the four Lennox sisters (daughters of Lord Richmond) from youth to middle age and beyond.
Playing out like an eighteenth century soap opera on a grand scale, the women go through marriages, children, scandal and intrigue as they decide what matters more; position or principle. Heaving with jewels, prancing horses and powdered wigs, the film reveals a tapestry of romance and revolution that should thrill fans of the genre. The pacing sags occasionally, but the film stays afloat with excellent performances (most notably from Serena Gordon as Caroline Lennox), a deft script and James Welland’s exquisite cinematography.
Time Out (London) – Issue 2004 – 15 January 2009 – Page 55