Outtakes; Screen tests; Samuel Richardson profile; Production notes; Photo gallery; Cast filmographies
The BBC production of Clarissa—adapted from the longest novel in the English language—was shown on Masterpiece Theater (PBS) in the early 90s. I’ve been waiting for this DVD for years. The acting, costumes, and staging of this drama paint a revealing portrait of the plight of Samuel Richardson’s 18th century heroine who suffers the consequences of going against her family’s plans for her future. Sean Bean plays Lovelace with brilliant malice— his charm masks the danger lurking below the surface of this character. Or perhaps, that lurking danger is his charm. Saskia Wickham’s Clarissa is a believable mix of pious innocence and strong will. It is her strong will that proves to be both her undoing and her salvation. This is a must see for fans of well-acted, period drama.