Sunday, 27 March 2016
363 Wuthering Heights
First viewed : 15 or 20 October 1978
I'll have to be disciplined here as the source novel is one of my all time favourites and I could write reams about it. However that really started when I read it for my English A Level nearly four years later than this series of which I only caught a short snatch. I clearly remember it was a scene where Heathcliff is terrorising Isabella Linton but can't work out whether it was on the first Sunday broadcast or Friday night repeat. A couple of months later I read Richard Adams' The Plague Dogs in which the hardbitten journalist Digby Driver intimidates the villainess who's sold her brother's dog for medical research "like Heathcliff getting to work on Isabella Linton" and understood the reference.
The only other thing I remember about the series is the negative write-up it got in The Daily Telegraph which disliked the editing and use of "arty " camera angles. I think that was probably the first bit of TV criticism I read.