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When I see Ruth Rendell's name on something, I think "deadly," not "deadly dull." Unfortunately, this BBC 4 "Afternoon Drama" is dull indeed.
In a 45-minute playlet, there's no time for nonsense, and yet this script is full of deathless dialogue: "More nibbles. More wine and twiglets." One is surrounded by enough relentless dullness in real life without having to listen to it on Radio 4.
Worse yet, the characters are entirely unlikable. Arthur, played by Reece Shearsmith, strikes one as a gormless twit, while his impressionable wife Gwen, played by Laura Pyper, isn't much better. Michael Maloney plays Reeve, who is supposed to be an irresistible charmer, but his trite dialogue fails to relay any interest, charisma, or sex appeal.
Twenty minutes in and I couldn't care less what happened to any of them.
The ending is supposed to have a twist but you can see it coming a mile away.
I doubt the original story upon which this is based could have been anywhere near this awful, but as for the dramatisation, it could scarcely be worse.
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