Masterpiece Theatre

Season 36 Episode 10

The Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Ruby in the Smoke

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2007 on PBS
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The Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Ruby in the Smoke
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Sally Lockhart is a feisty sixteen-year-old on a mission to discover the truth behind her father's death and unravel the secret behind the deadly phrase 'the seven blessings.'

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  • An orphaned teenager seeks the truth about her father's death in the dark and dangerous world of Victorian London.

    5.7
    If you nodded off and woke up after the opening credits, you might think you were in an episode of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House" that you'd somehow missed. The evocation of 19th century London is very well done and the cast fit into their parts well. Julie Walters in particular is so submerged in her role it's almost impossible to recognize her.



    Some plot elements seem a little implausible - the freedom enjoyed by young women and black people doesn't ring quite true.



    What's a bit startling is the fact this is based on a novel for children. There are several fatal stabbings, drug use, brutal beatings and the implied threat of under-age sex. Children's books have obviously changed since I was a boy.moreless

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