Daniel Deronda, a BBC TV production based on the novel by George Eliot,1 is a story set in Victorian London. A rich, selfish woman named Gwendolen Harleth (played by Romola Garai) falls in love with a kind, gentle man named Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy). But for reasons of money, she marries a snotty fellow named Henleigh Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville). After a short while, she wishes she didn’t marry him. She realizes she should have married Daniel Deronda, but Daniel, though attracted to her, turns out to be not as interested in her as she thinks.
Henleigh Grandcourt is basically the villain of this show. He spoils Gwendolen initially, probably to get her trust. But when he realizes that Gwendolen is still in love with Daniel, he does anything he can to take her away from Daniel. But none the less, he will fail.
Daniel Deronda, meanwhile, was raised as an English gentleman, adopted by an Englishman named Hugo Mallinger. Sir Hugo doesn’t tell Daniel of his true past, at his mother’s request, and it becomes one of Daniel’s missions in life to discover his origins.
Daniel saves the life of a young Jewish woman who is a fantastic singer. Her name is Mirah Lapidoth (Jodhi May). She is accepted as a student to one of the most prestigious teachers. But Daniel has more to do with Mirah then just that. Mirah was taken away from her mother and brother by her father, who wanted to make money from her singing. After her father’s death, she returns to England to find her family and Daniel offers to help her.
After some searching, Daniel meets with a Jewish bookseller, who thinks Daniel is destined to help the Jewish people get their own country. In the end, the search for Mirah’s family does not only effect Mirah, it effects Daniel as well.
I really like the production aspect of this show. I love the settings throughout the movie, and it seemed that they weren’t lazy making this show.
Here’s the trailer: