Picks and Pans Review: Adam Bede

updated 03/02/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1992 01:00AM

PBS (Sun., March 1, 9 P.M. ET)

B+

This Masterpiece Theatre airing on two consecutive Sundays is an evocative mounting of the novel by George Eliot, the pseudonym of 19th-century author Mary Ann Evans.

To describe this as a pastoral tale of a carpenter's star-crossed love for a dairymaid would be an injustice. This is no petrified period piece. It's like a Victorian version of The Bold and the Beautiful, in which a handsome, high-cheekboned young cast (Iain Glen, a dark-dyed Patsy Kensit, James Wilby and Susannah Harker) play out a passionate parable of romance, temptation and destiny against a moral background of severe censures.

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