The main complaint is that BBCA hacked it to death. The DVD shows 240 minutes and BBCA ran it at 240 minutes including commercials and credits. Not surprisingly, things were a bit choppy and some of the scenes lacked context because of what was cut. For example, in the last railway station scene, Thornton and Margaret are talking about the rose from Helston and I don't think there were any scenes of them discussing roses or Helston.
Even choppy, I loved the story and the characters, even "wild" Mrs. Thornton. I was concerned that Mr. Bell would be an old lech, a la Bill Nighy's character in He Knew He Was Right, but thankfully that wasn't the case.
I had some trouble with the darkness of many of the scenes. I know northern English mill cities were dark and depressing, but a bit more lighting would have helped. The fact that most of the characters wore very dark clothes didn't help matters.
I also found it hard to believe that Thornton would have walked around in public with no hat (which they showed several times) or in his shirt sleeves with his cravat off as he was in the last scene.
If you missed it, all four parts will be airing again on 7/17 in (I think) the afternoon.
Edited by choochi, Jul 4, 2005 @ 8:08 PM.