A Dance to the Music of Time, based on the novels of Anthony Powell, presents the life of Nick Jenkins as he comes of age along with the twentieth century. When the first part of the cycle begins, Nick is in his twenties in the 1920s. His friendships with Stringham, Templar, and Widmerpool, develop while colorful characters like the artist Deacon and Nick's Uncle Giles come and go unexpectedly--always providing a Dickensian humor. Anyone who enjoyed the BBC series Brideshead Revisited or the Jeeves and Wooster series will enjoy A Dance to the Music of Time. Many outstanding actors and actresses are part of the production and the costumes, settings, music, and cinematography are striking.
I rented this on a recommendation from a friend. I am thoroughly enjoying the production. When I started the series, I kept wondering, "Where is this going and what is the main plot?" I thought I might be a bit bored, but could not shut it off, as I followed the life of Nick Jenkins and his interactions with the same people throughout his life. Its a great reminder how small the world can really be. It also explores that life has its twists and turns, but people tend to remain the same, and manage their own lives, pitfalls and all. The cast is excellent, with a few cameos thrown in for good measure. Undoubtedly, James Purefoy is one of the best actors today, unfortunately, he is dropped in the last of the series. Instead of aging him as the other actors/actresses, he was replaced by a MUCH older actor. If you enjoy period productions, definitely rent this series!
Well paced and good timing. The only thing that took me away from the story a little at the beginning of the last disc was a change of main actor as the character of Nicholas instead of just aging him as they did the other characters. I had to keep remembering the face of the first Nicholas BUT was not a major obstacle - Totally would recommend it