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Crime and Punishment

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Tony Marchant's two-part dramatisation of Dostoyevsky's classic crime thriller. Raskolnikov is a penniless young man incensed at the injustice he sees around him. Believing no one will miss her, he decides to rob and kill an old woman. But his own guilty conscience and the psychological skills of the murder investigator prove to be his undoing. The concluding part is tomorrow at 9pm.
Guilt-edged drama: page 44

Crime and Punishment
9.00pm BBC2
It takes a bold writer to adapt Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment for TV, so if it has to be done, then Tony Marchant (who wrote Swallow and Never Never) is your man. How well you think he has tackled this monumental task - though this complex story has been seen on television before - might depend on how acquainted you are with the book and its central themes of guiltand redemption.
It's the dark and bloody story of a disaffected young student, Rodion Raskolnikov (played with edgy unconventionality by John Simm),who murders a grasping pawnbroker and her entirely innocent sister, though why he does so is not apparent for some time.
In this first episode (the concluding part is tomorrow), Raskolnikov lurches around St Petersburg and a world of corruption and greed, haunted by images of the dead pawnbroker and her sister.
No one, of course, would approach Crime and Punishment looking for a cheery night in front of the television. This is raw, hard, difficult and occasionally baffling stuff. Guilt-edged drama: page 44 Alison Graham

Contributors

Writer: Tony Marchant
Producer: David Snodin
Director: Julian Jarrold
Raskolnikov: John Simm
Porfiry: Ian McDiarmid
Razumikhin: Shaun Dingwall
Pulcheria: Geraldine James
Dunya: Kate Ashfield
Sonia: Lara Belmont
Luzhin: David Haig
Katerina: Katrin Cartlidge
Svidrigailov: Nigel Terry
Marmeladov: Philip Jackson
Zosimov: Mark Benton
Lizaveta: Heather Tobias
Lt Gunpowder: Roger Morlidge
Zamyotov: Darren Tighe
Semyonovich: Sean McKenzie
Nikolai: Tim Potter
Priest: Sergei Hakkel
Polya: Alice Connor
Koch: Martin Hancock
Pawnbroker: Valerie Lilley
Artisan: Jake Nightingale
Second director: Leo Dolan
Nastasya: Anna Hope
Landlady: Jane Lowe
Drinkers: Ian Thompson,
Drinkers: Leo Bill
Prostitute: Evie Doggart
Student: Rupert Evans
Drunk: Matthew Bowyer

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