A watchable but fairly bland offering, with some moments of Life.
Let's face it, we're all stuck in far more than usual at the moment and you probably could do worse than watching this mini series to soak up some of that downtime. Once again, the fairly unexceptional staff at the BBC have unleashed yet another mini series about the emotional trials and tribulations of a group of uptight and generally depressed middle class, English people. This tired but safe formula is rolled out rather awkwardly, thanks to the plot having to link the lives of the inhabitants of four separate flats in one big, gravel-drived, predictably Farrow and Ball painted Victoria Villa. It does this with varying degrees of success. The quality of acting is high - there are some big names here - and for me at least, there were some fairly touching moments. Then again, I'm the sort of person who cries watching the Waltons. There are some twists and turns in the story but most you either find yourself laughing at incredulously or you have already guessed (but maybe that's the fun of it). I did like the ease in including a level of diversity in the cast though - something which is sadly omitted in many of these type of dramas. Call me a shallow sexist, but I was kept interested by the fact I did rather fancy Victoria Hamilton (and her new hair cut) . Her performance was certainly up there with the best of the cast too. If you like things like Cold Feet, etc. then open a bottle of red wine you bought in Waitrose, or whatever it is middle class people do, and give this a try. It will probably beat going down the pub in a group of six or less and having to download Serco's track and trace app.