My Brother Jonathan
A five-part BBC miniseries starring a young Daniel Day-Lewis, "My Brother Jonathan" will appeal to the "Downton Abbey" crowd who favor this type of exquisitely mounted historical drama.
Jonathan Dakers is raised in relative comfort, the eldest product of a distant mother and uncaring father, both of whom have given up on Jonathan becoming much of anything. Instead, they reserve all of their praise and encouragement for his younger brother Harold, who is deemed to be smarter, better looking, a better athlete, and, pretty much, better everything. This dismissive upbringing clearly has an effect on the adult Jonathan, who grows up constantly in the shadow of his younger brother. Even the one woman Jonathan has ever loved has eyes for Harold. The one area where Jonathan has the upper hand is in his love for medicine, the field that Harold enters primarily as a means to a good life. Jonathan's ambition to become a great surgeon eventually leads him to the industrial Black Country region of England (an area northwest of Birmingham), where he begins to truly make a difference and, finally, comes into his own. However, with World War One on the cusp of erupting, all of their lives will soon change forever.
Adapted from Francis Brett Young's novel, "My Brother Jonathan" showcases Day-Lewis's formidable talent, which even at the beginning of his career was impressive. Fans of this type of entertainment (you know who you are) will savor the all-around terrific performances, beautiful production design, and English countryside locations.
"My Brother Jonathan"