I have to admit that I was genuinely surprised by this production. Having only every glimpsed the original show for TV, I came to view this remake on its own to feet. Alas I have not read the book as well.
A truly fantastic opening to this two-parter sets the apocalytic scene in a perfect way. The opening is helped by two highly dramatic scenes that introduce the main characters at the height of action. The airplane scene in particular was superb.
The production of this episode for me was excellent. An impressive array of sets take the viewer to a very different looking London, to the one I know. The cast all seem to belong to the situation of helplessness forged by the unfolding events, and they deliver reams of good dialogue in such a way that adds to the sense of realisation that is being lived out on screen. The selection of actors was in my opinion one of the best Ive seen in a BBC show, from the movie level stars of Richardson, Cox, Scott et al. To the perhaps notso or so apt use of Izzard as the villian of the piece.
I particularly enjoyed watching this episode as there is a real sense that every scene has a purpose, has something to portray to us, in order to prepare us for what is to come.
An excellent example of how to do it right.
There were of course a few negative points, such as some plot strands not being fully unravelled, such as what happened to the group of Ministry surviors at Canary Wharf and a few scenes and dialogue that imparted too much information in chunks, without much dramatic drive to them. Ultimately though, a very good start and I couldnt wait to see hope this story unfolded and climaxed.moreless