THE HIRELING now looks ideal on television, even if it is all dark interiors. A downbeat story with only one conclusion. Miles and Shaw are of course excellent, Lady Helen is another of her emotionally fragile women - after RYAN'S DAUGHTER and LADY CAROLINE LAMB .... the '20s period detail is nicely evoked with ex-army man Ledbetter sinking his money into his motor business and running a boxing club. He pretends to be married when Lady Helen asks about his family as he does not want her to see how lonely he is .... the gallant Captain is also lying as he sees how Lady Helen will be of use to his political ambitions. Finally, things come to a head .... Helen also lends the chauffeur £400 when his business gets into difficulties, giving him further cause to think they could have a future together; of course she does not realise how obsessed about her he has become ... it will be nice now to see Bridge's RETURN OF THE SOLIDER with another good quartet in '82: Alan Bates, Julie Christie, Glenda Jackson and Ann-Margret fitting in very well with the British thesbians. James Mason and Sir Gielgud head that powerful country house tale THE SHOOTING PARTY in '85.
David Warner as MICHAEL KOHLHAAS;
Catching up with THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER;
Magnani & Masina together in HELL IN THE CITY (CAGED), set in a women's prison;
THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC and other U.S. dramas;
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