Critical Acclaim for Wuthering Heights

Productions September 2, 2009

Peter Bowker’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, directed by Coky Giedroyc and produced by Radford Neville, opened the ITV1 autumn season to rave reviews.

“With actors so perfectly cast they could have been moulded from the originals, this was The Full Bronte as Emily intended.” – Richard Arnold, The People

“If the ghost of Emily Bronte had appeared on the Yorkshire Moors while they were filming this, she might well have said: ‘Yes, that’s exactly what I was trying to say.’” – Jane Simon, Daily Mirror

“What also makes this version more faithful than some of its predecessors is its accurate Yorkshire dialect and moody location filming of the Moors.” – Sunday Mail

“Any adaptation of Wuthering Heights stands or falls on the chemistry between Heathcliff and Cathy…There was never any doubt that Tom Hardy would make a memorable Heathcliff; he’s an actor drenched in dangerous charm who is forever teetering on the brink of explosive melodrama. Fortunately, Charlotte Riley’s Cathy is more than a match for him” – David Chater, The Times

“Hardy and Riley… are a match for any previous screen pairing.” – John Dugdale, Sunday Times

“Having Andrew Lincoln play Edgar is another felicitous stroke. Normally an insipid character, his Edgar is a handsome man with charm enough to offer Cathy a genuine alternative as a bedmate.” – Andrew Billen, The Times

“Bowker and his director Coky Giedroyc had made masterful sense of the story…The casting is near perfect.” – Andrew Billen, The Times

“Although Peter Bowker has deviated radically from the structure of the novel, diehard Brontë fans are more likely to be fascinated than appalled.”- The Times

“Tom Hardy is brutishly brilliant as Heathcliff.” – Daily Telegraph

“Burn Gorman stood out among the supporting cast with his suitably reptilian Hindley, the evil step-brother.” – Simon Usborne, Daily Telegraph

“Director Coky Giedroyc has already proved… that she’s unusually good at creating texture. Everything here felt rich and dark without ever shading into Gothic excess.” – John Preston, Sunday Telegraph

“I doubt if you’ll see a better, and a more introspective, Heathcliff than Tom Hardy’s, or indeed a more affecting Cathy than Charlotte Riley’s.” – John Preston, Sunday Telegraph

“Tom Hardy, the country’s leading exponent of caged rage, is an outstanding Heathcliff.” – Sunday Telegraph

“Full marks to the casting agent. Tom Hardy is just superb as the broody one, all sullen and tormented when thinking of his lost love, while Charlotte Riley makes a thoroughly lively Cathy.” – Virginia Blackburn, Daily Express

“Special mention in despatches, meanwhile, must go to Sarah Lancashire in the role of Nelly.” – Virginia Blackburn, Daily Express