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Started by KanKhaderKhanKan on Feb 10, 2020 10:35:06 PM
The Pale Horse series

In case anyone wants to see the first episode then click on the below link:

The plot description in the first episode has some similarities with M.R. James' story "Casting the Runes" but it's also a (Agatha Christy/Agatha Christy-esque?) 'murder mystery' plot. If you guys want a review then below is a guardian review of the show to see for yourself whether it's worth a iplayer binge:

KanKhaderKhanKan - 10 Feb 2020 22:35:50 (#1 of 17)

Apologies if there's already a thread on this show but as I didn't see one I thought I start a thread on this show.

DishyFishy - 11 Feb 2020 23:22:23 (#2 of 17)

I enjoyed it a lot. I just finished The Man In The High Castle so it was good to get another dose of Rufus Sewell's face.

moto748 - 12 Feb 2020 01:50:12 (#3 of 17)

I enjoyed the first ep. I'm happy to wait till the weekend to see the conclusion.

ChankNolen - 12 Feb 2020 08:28:31 (#4 of 17)

If it’s BBC I’ll probably not bother. They’ve conclusively demonstrated recently that there is no classic story they can’t fuck up.

Ginmonkey - 12 Feb 2020 08:35:12 (#5 of 17)

I tend to look on these adaptions as reinterpretations of stories rather than faithful renditions. This was a very common approach in theatre going back centuries, well know stories reinterpreted and built upon for new audiences and times. Why shouldn't TV and film do the same?

I also see no point in a completely faithful adaptation of a book - you can read the book again if you want that.

TRaney - 12 Feb 2020 08:37:13 (#6 of 17)

I was only paying partial attention but the atmospherics seemed really good in this. And there wasn't too much of the swearing/gothic horror they injected in Ordeal by Innocence.

Shadrack22 - 12 Feb 2020 08:40:24 (#7 of 17)

I watched this with no expectations and was surprised by how gripping it was. Superb TV.

TableTopJoe - 12 Feb 2020 08:44:40 (#8 of 17)

Agreed. Very atmospheric and beautiful to watch.

DishyFishy - 12 Feb 2020 09:16:50 (#9 of 17)

Yeah, visually very satisfying, from the London streets, to the creepy Wicker Man parade, to Henry Lloyd-Hughes' playboy moustache.

carterbrandon - 12 Feb 2020 09:44:32 (#10 of 17)

Rufus was once, of course, Seth Starkadder.

staticgirl - 12 Feb 2020 10:35:29 (#11 of 17)

I also watched this because of Rufus Sewell's face but was pleasantly surprised. It seemed a bit agitated for the first 15 minutes or so then seemed to settle down. It had an excellent eerie atmosphere combined with Christie's standard poshos with secrets. I shall definitely be tuning in for the last episode.

Catspyjamas17 - 16 Feb 2020 22:02:11 (#12 of 17)

I don't get the ending.

staticgirl - 16 Feb 2020 22:07:40 (#13 of 17)

I'm rather hoping someone explains the last 5 minutes to me.....

Catspyjamas17 - 16 Feb 2020 22:22:09 (#14 of 17)

I realise there was something cooked up between Hermia and the witches after Mark visited the witches and wanted the police officer and Hermia dead. Mark was supposedly reading about his own death at the end. How and when did he die, then? How did the witches arrange that Osborne attacking Hermia would only result in her being in a coma, and convince medical staff about her condition?

Tenesmus - 16 Feb 2020 22:45:17 (#15 of 17)

Anyone read it? I imagine the original didn't end like that.

KanKhaderKhanKan - 16 Feb 2020 23:33:12 (#16 of 17)

When it said it has the 'Casting the Runes' vibe to it I wasn't far off and talk about that bunny-boileresque psycho as well as those creepy trio. And it was definitely more a psychological thriller then a crime drama.

All that said, judging by this story, Agatha Christie must have been really into the occult no?

Yersinia - 18 Feb 2020 23:54:09 (#17 of 17)

Agatha Christie wrote a lot of stories touching on the occult, much more in her pre-war period when spiritualism and ouijia boards etc were very fashionable.

I think The Pale Horse is a fairly rare example from her later career.

I haven't read it, and I'd have to be very patient if I wanted to borrow the e-book from my local library - it's reserved up until 29th August!

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