Picks and Pans Review: Masterpiece Theatre: Love Songs

updated 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Sun., May 10, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

In a purely intellectual, purely British, 1930s kind of Moonlighting about sexual tension and fighting as a form of flirting, two young Cambridge brains—played by Diana Hard-castle and Michael Kitchen—argue, snipe, compete and then fall in love. By the time they're older—and now played by Constance Cummings and Maurice Denham—we finally get to like them, even if their wars of words aren't as witty as they should be. But then both characters become victims of a shamelessly manipulative ending to this story by Jeffrey Archer—an English writer and Member of Parliament who resigned last November in a sex scandal. Leave it to a politician to ruin a decent story.

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