A great movie with everything,a great plot with a bit of everything,thrills and chills, a bit of romance with a touch of comedy plus murder and even a touch of sado mas, whew! what more could you ask for. Helen Mirren was perfect for the lead roll, with a great supporting cast. I loved it and I am sure you will too.Oh don't worry anout the break in the middle,the movie is in two parts,the second will start in acouple of minutes. Enjoy.
The character Helen Mirram plays here, as she investigates art theft and the murder of a friend, is not dissimilar to that in 'Prime Suspect'. But here she also portrays a down-and-out blues singer in a earlier life, and later, a wealthy Russian Baroness posing as an art dealer. Addicts to that series will certainly enjoy this 2-part TV production with its nail-biting, but rather convoluted plot, and the usual ration of gratuitous violence. An impressive performance by Iain Glen helps to raise the standard a little above that of the earlier series. Longer than 3 hours, it is divided into 2 episodes with no choice at the start to select only the first episode. To avoid having to watch both at a single sitting, be ready to press the 'pause' button as soon as the title comes up for the second episode .
It was a long and, at times, arduous 204 minutes. However, because of the acting and the plot, we wanted to see it to its rather confusing conclusion. About half an hour before it finishes, the credits came on the screen, and the film appeared to have ended with no conclusion whatsoever. I think the first member reviewer must have pressed the Stop button at this point. It kicked in again with a continuation of the story and we, thankfully, learned much more. However, although everyone that needed to die was dead by the end, we went to bed, still wondering why.
I will watch the reviews, over time, to see what others make of it.