Love in a Cold Climate (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Love in a Cold Climate (2002)





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The first British TV version of Nancy Mitford's autobiographical novel Love in a Cold Climate was telecast in seven hour-long installments in 1980. This 2001 version attempted to crystallize Mitford's long and labyrinthine narrative into a mere 150 minutes, and for the most part it succeeded. Set during the period from 1929 to 1940, the story (which also incorporates elements of another Mitford novel, The Pursuit of Love) largely takes place in an English country estate presided over by Matthew Radlett (Alan Bates), for whom the word "eccentric" must have been coined. When she isn't being "hunted" by her zany uncle for sport, Matthew's niece Fanny (Rosamund Pike), who serves as narrator, looks on compassionately while her cousin Linda (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh) and her friend Polly (Megan Dodds) desperately seek out worthwhile and decent husbands, only to be thwarted at every turn by deceitful, duplicitous, dissolute, disagreeable, and otherwise unsuitable young swains. First telecast by the BBC on February 4, 2001, Love in a Cold Climate was shown in America as a two-part installment of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre on February 11 and 18, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Alan Bates
as Matthew Radlett
Rosamund Pike
as Fanny Radlett
Paul Williamson
as Monocled Lord
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Critic Reviews for Love in a Cold Climate

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

From where I sit, it was perhaps a pity that the production leaned so honestly towards Mrs Baldwin.

February 25, 2020 | Full Review…

One forgets how funny well-bred England used to be, how big and bright the bubbles were before they burst.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love in a Cold Climate

Starts slow but gets better as it goes along helped along by a fine cast of actors.

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