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Crime and Punishment

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Concluding the two-part dramatisation of Dostoyevsky's classic thriller. Still haunted by his crime, Raskolnikov is visited in St Petersburg by his mother and sister Dunya, both of whom are alarmed by his worsening condition. Meanwhile, a dogged Porfiry remains on Raskolnikov's trail, convinced of his guilt but lacking conclusive evidence. For cast see Tuesday
Guilt-edged drama: page 44

Crime and Punishment 9.00pm BBC2
By now you'll either be hooked on or infuriated by Tony Marchant's dramatisation of Dostoyevsky's classic, which concludes tonight.
You'll either adore the leisurely pace and the lyrical camerawork, or you'll be driven to distraction by watching John Simm (excellent as the murdering student Raskolnikov) endlessly mooching around looking tortured. Surely there's a limit to watching someone walk over bridges or wander up staircases, even if he does so in a meaningful way.
The whole thing is like an arthouse movie - beautifully framed shots, lots of slow-motion camerawork and choppy editing-which packs an overwhelming punch on the small screen.
If you can stick with it, there are some powerful scenes. Raskolnikov, haunted by nightmarish visions of the woman he has killed, professes not to care. "I killed a louse, an insect... it was quite an achievement." But his bravado slips when he comes into contact with a deceptively avuncular examining magistrate, a cunning inquisitor. Yet again, though, you may find yourself screaming at the TV, "For goodness' sake, just arrest him and get it over with."
Things are not wrapped up that simply, of course. Raskolnikov has to come to terms with his own guilt and he has to find redemption, which he does with the help of a sympathetic young prostitute. No one said this was going to be easy. (Alison Graham)

Contributors

Dounia: Kate Ashfield
Sonya Marmeladova: Lara Belmont
Drinker: Leo Bill
Katerina's Child: Gemma Bourne
Katerina Ivanovna: Katrin Cartlidge
Polya: Alice Connor
Razhumikin: Shaun Dingwall
Luzhin: David Haig
Pulcheria: Geraldine James
Pawnbroker: Valerie Lilley
Porfiry: Ian McDiarmid
Semyonovich: Sean McKenzie
Lt Gunpowder: Roger Morlidge
Artisan: Jake Nightingale
Nikolai: Tim Potter
Raskolnikov: John Simm
Svidrigailov: Nigel Terry
Drinker: Ian Thompson
Zamyotov: Darren Tighe
Lizaveta: Heather Tobias
Writer: Tony Marchant
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Director: Julian Jarrold
Producer: David Snodin

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