Picks and Pans Review: Adam Bede
updated 03/02/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/02/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
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.