Dastardly British politician Francis Urquhart schemes his way to the top of British politics, displaying a total lack of empathy and utter ruthlessness in the process. Masterfully played by Ian Richardson who brought the character chillingly to life.
Sue is a pick-pocket (fingersmith) on the streets of London. She is recruited for an elaborate scheme to defraud a rich heiress, Maud. Sue is inserted into the household as a maid, to set up Maud. Only trouble is, Sue falls in love with Maud and there's more than this one twist along the way.
Possibly, the best mini-series ever produced by the BBC. The story is well known, it's been a classic for decades. The acting and direction is of the highest calibre, with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, two outstanding actors, in the lead roles.
It's the 70s and the cold war between the USSR and the West is intense as ever. There is a Russian mole at the very top of British intelligence and he's been remarkably adept at hiding himself. A retired intelligence officer is brought in to try and flush out the mole.
A family reunion brings together people who have either not seen each other in years or never at all, with interesting consequences. It's a bit of a feel good drama by the end, but the characters are so well written that all is forgiven.