Thérèse Raquin

BBC Two (ended 1980)


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An award-winning BBC production based on author Émile Zola's first major work. The story has proved quite popular, spawning operas, a number of films (the most notable being the 1953 release, but one is also in preparation for a 2007 premier), and this TV mini-series. So very French and classic Zola, the story is set in Paris of the late 1800s, and revolves around Thérèse Raquin who is trapped in a loveless marriage with Camille, a weak and sickly man dominated by his mother, and is in passionate love with his best friend, Laurent. A murderous plot evolves to resolve the love triangle and release her from the guilt...which haunts her to death. Won several BAFTAs, and its success helped it "jump the pond" to American PBS stations, where it also enjoyed repeated runs in the early 1980s.