• The Mystery of Edwin Drood *

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REVIEW: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
REVIEW: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood *

TODAY, 8.30PM, ABC1

This is one of Charles Dickens' lesser-known novels, largely because it was unfinished when he died. It is a 19th century murder mystery and as Dickens died without revealing the killer, the way is open for presenters of the story to choose which villain they prefer: choirmaster John Jasper, the jealous uncle of the victim, Edwin Drood, or Neville Landless, who comes from Ceylon with his twin sister, Helena, and immediately falls in love with the woman at the heart of the whole mystery, pretty blonde Rosa Bud. As with many of Dickens' works, the show's greatest charm lies with the minor characters, all played by wonderful veteran British actors. Made in two parts, it is being shown tonight as a telemovie.