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The Scapegoat, starring Andrew Scott, ITV1 9pm today
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The new Andrew Scott drama, The Scapegoat, screens today on ITV1 at 9pm.

Cut and pasted from the ITV website:

The Scapegoat
ITV’s period adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel
 
Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men, John Standing and Johnny Spence, who have one thing in common - a face. Almost exact replicas of each other they meet by chance in a station bar, each at a crossroads in their life: one setting out on a walking tour after losing his job as a teacher; the other avoiding home after a disastrous business venture.
 
The charming and charismatic Johnny wines and dines his new acquaintance but when John wakes the next morning with a hangover he is alone and a chauffeur is standing outside his room, waiting to take him 'home'. Despite his protests, John finds himself sucked irresistibly into another man's life.
 
Stepping literally into his double’s shoes, the inexperienced schoolmaster is suddenly responsible for a crumbling stately home, a failing business and a dog who doesn’t recognise him. Literally Lord of all he surveys, he is master of nothing and, for the first time in his life, has to deal with women, specifically a distraught wife, a drug taking mother, a sister who despises him, an eccentric daughter and two mistresses, one of whom happens to be married to his younger brother.
 
Although he tries at first to escape, John finds himself increasingly attracted to this disparate and dysfunctional group of women and slowly his presence starts to alter the chemistry of the household. Just as he seems to be making progress, John finds himself falling in love. Then his nemesis Johnny returns in secret to the house with evil intent ...
 
Filled with Du Maurier’s trademark elements of suspense, dark humour and unexpected twists, The Scapegoat is an atmospheric story in the tradition of the writer of Don’t Look Now, Rebecca and The Birds.

Starring Matthew Rhys, Eileen Atkins, Sheridan Smith and Andrew Scott.

The 100 minute single film is written and directed by Charles Sturridge and produced by Sarah Beardsall and Dominic Minghella's production company, Island Pictures.

Follow the link for all the details:
http://www.itv.com/presscentre/presspacks/thescapegoat/default.html

Finally, great interview with Matthew Rhys talking about The Scapegoat on Digital Spy here:
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/interviews/a404273/the-scapegoat-matthew-rhys-qa-du-maurier-fans-will-be-surprised.html

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Have recorded this to watch after I've finished reading the original novel (which I'm almost halfway through) because by all accounts the TV adaptation is quite different to the book, not least in the fact that it is not set in France! I don't want to confuse myself completely. :-))

Did they also change the ending?

Yes, I believe the ending is different too, so I'd like to know du Maurier's original intention before seeing what's been done to the TV version. In any case I loathe watching commercial television live, unable to fast forward through the ads. We watched Mark Gatiss guest starring in Inspector George Gently on the BBC instead. :-)


Mark Gatiss. Inspector George Gently. I decided to let that go. You can't do everything and see everything!

Edited at 2012-09-10 11:54 am (UTC)

Well that was interesting. After reading the book, and enjoying it very much, I almost didn't want to watch an adaptation I already knew was going to be substantially altered from the original. But I'm glad that I did. The TV version is excellent and the ending much better! Andrew Scott is a much nicer character in the TV version than the Paul of the book too. :-)

On your recommendation, this will be prioritised in terms of my SkyPlus viewing!

I loved this. Thought it was a wonderful idea but have no interest in reading the book. The dvd however is already winging its way from Amazon to me. Well, it is Andrew so of course I'm going to buy it.

Still haven't watched this yet. And both you and captivebird have told me it is excellent. I REALLY need to make the time to watch it!

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