Picks and Pans Review: The Flame Is Love

updated 10/15/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

The first of Barbara Cartland's 200-plus pulp novels to get on TV will, let's hope, be the last. The Victorian plot—beautiful heiress spurns a marquis for a journalist—is submerged in frills. The only detail that's spared is acting. As Linda Purl plays the heroine, a narrator tells us what she's feeling: "She could not sleep that night, only sob." She must have been thinking about her career.


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