Monday, 11 April 2016
First viewed : January 1979
I think we saw more of this when repeated on BBC1 the following year but I remember catching some of it the first time round on BBC2.
This of course was an adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel , a perennial favourite of schoolgirls everywhere if not of critics. I recall later in the year an English class where we had to read a passage from a book of our own choice. Two girls independently went for Rebecca but after the first reading our acerbic English teacher Mr McInerny declared "I think we've had enough Rebecca" and sent the luckless second girl off to find something else. She fared better than another guy who was told his Alistair McLean novel was "ludicrous". I escaped without censure after reading the twist ending of Brian Aldiss's short story Intangibles Inc . That class also contained a special young lady called Rebecca but sadly I can't recall what she read.
This adaptation had Jeremy Brett as Maxim De Winter, Joanna David as his mousey unnamed new bride, the bird-faced Anna Massey ( Brett's former wife ) as the psychopathic housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the always reliable Julian Holloway as blackmailing cad Jack Favell. It dragged slightly at first but hotted up considerably when the plot thickened. How that compares with the novel I wouldn't know but I don't remember my Mum uttering her usual protests when they got something wrong.