Well if ever a title perfectly described a programme, this was it. Everyone slept with everyone else, and not unreasonably, intrigue and much lying ensued. As did nookie, though surprisingly little of it was actually shown.
And that’s no bad thing; subtlety is, in my opinion, a nod from the writers that lets us know they realise we viewers aren’t all so dumb we need diagrams.
It’s a shame really that this excellently crafted drama was shown on a night when half the country were either out or engaged in houseparties, because it deserved a much wider audience than I suspect it actually got.
The film was adapted from Joanna Briscoe’s novel which I’ve never read, but having seen this adaptation last night, I now intend to.
Adrian Lester – who played one of the main protagonists, Richard – carried out a very convincing portrayal of one-half of a modern couple who were, on the face of it, the poster children for successful 21st century partnerships. However, both Richard and his ‘perfect’ other half, Leila, both kind of fell into separate affairs with the enigmatic Sylvie.
And they weren’t the only ones, not by a long chalk. In fact, in Richard and Leila’s world, quite literally, Sylvie was romancing the world and his wife.
Sylvie’s character was reminiscent of the psycho nanny in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle in that she was intent on infiltrating these seemingly perfect – and rather smug – lives, and trashing them.
Although this was – as Mary Poppins might say – practically perfect in every way, the only slight criticism I have of it is that Sylvie, played by Anamaria Marinca – and this is no reflection on her acting – was just too seductressy. I know that’s not even a word, but it’s about the best made-up adjective I can think of right now.
However, despite all the havoc that Sylvie wreaked, it all ended happily enough with Richard and Leila’s reunion and the birth of their baby. Sylvie was still having a lurk, but it seemed that everyone wised up to her mind games and gave her a wide berth. But that’s not to say that a sequel might not be in the offing. I hope it is!