1 9 8 7 (UK)
7 x 60 minute episodes
The BBC’s £6 million Fortunes Of War was based on Olivia Manning’s story set in Bucharest at the outbreak of World War II.
The series acquired a deft delicious script from Alan Plater and the world’s most irritating hero, Guy Pringle (played by Kenneth Branagh).
It also had Emma Thompson, struggling under some awful wigs, as his sensible wife Harriet, finding to her anguish that her husband – a naive lecturer working for the British Council – was all things to everyone but quite insensitive to her needs.
As Harriet and Guy reaffirmed their love high on a pyramid (with a friend he’d invited along for good measure) you knew this was the Harrods class of drama.
In a prime case of life imitating art, Branagh and Thompson later married in real life.
Mischa De La Motte