The Secret Agent

I know, I know. It doesn't fully reflect the subtleties of Conrad's novel, and Vicky McClure is far too attractive to be Winnie Verloc...I don't care. In a general TV desert the three episodes of the Secret agent are a welcome oasis of intelligent writing and superb acting, not to mention convincing setting and filming that keeps you hooked throughout the hour.i

Having Toby Jones and Ian Hart doesn't hurt, and Tony Marchant's script is a real clever balance of preserving the Conrad situation with a canny awareness of contemporary parallels without having them clumsily hammered home. It may be that bots of the novel are lost, but as i remember it, reading it wasn't a total pleasure and i'm very glad to have it transformed into something this watchable, this stimulating.