An indulgent weekend.
On Saturday Dr Who which I have always loved though Tom Baker will always be the best doctor for me.
Then later ABOUT SCHMIDT which starred Jack Nicholson. This was one of the best films I've seen for a long time. It was by turns funny, profound and in the end extremely moving without any suggestion of mawkishness. It seemed to me to be an exploration of what is meaningful in life and the answer, in the end, came from a child's simple drawing.
And finally, PERSUASION, an adaptation of the Jane Austin novel. There have been three adaptations of separate books over successive Sundays and in my opinion this was by far the most successful. Sally Hawkins, who played Anne Elliot was excellent but I also enjoyed the performance of Amanda Hale as Mary Elliot whose quirkiness came over very well. As an added bonus Lady Russell was played by Alice Krige (AKA the queen of the Borgs). The direction was magnificent (Adrian Shergold) as was the dramatisation (Simon Burke).
A highly enjoyable weekend, but very lazy.