“The performances and following the characters over so many years makes it engaging, just like a 19th century novel.
“ Altogether, I find "The Forsyte Saga: To Let" to be much more enjoyable than it's predecessor and very good story on it's own.
“ Gina McKee's Irene is so bland and lifeless that it's hard to imagine one man becoming obsessed with her, let alone four: Soames, Bosinney, Old Jolyon, and Young Jolyon.
“ The plot line was outstanding and the characters intriguing .
“ Its intelligent and beautiful,with a victorian timeframe that made it even more intriguing.
“ When Irene Forsyte (Gina McKee, a good actress, albeit monstrously, mockingly miscast here) comes to the empty flat of her lover Philip Bossiney (Ioan Gruffudd) after leaving her husband, she meets his fiancée, her husband's niece June Forsyte (Gillian Kearney).
“ Dull and lackluster .
“The performance is dark, dreary and choppy.
“it's always more enjoyable to like something.
“ I also found the costumes worn by Irene to be very unflatering and drab compared to those worn by Nyree Dawn Porter in the original.
“ If the books are as unrealistic as the series, I wouldn't waste my time reading them either.
“ My only fault with the casting is Gina McKee, who's wooden portrayal of Irene means that the compelling aspect of her character that all the other characters are supposed to feel is non-existent.
“ To introduce these elements into the scene was a pointless exercise, or perhaps worse; a misguided or malicious attempt to make the book "closer" to the viewer?
“This seems a superbly crafted saga and for those fond of the genre, it makes compelling viewing.
“ Finally, the costumes worn by the ladies in the original, over 3,000, were stunning and truly representative of all the decades covered by the saga.
“ A gripping follow-up to the first series .
“ Strange how the lives of so many are destroyed by the narcissistic passions of people who tout empty ideals of 'freedom' and vague artistic aspirations.
“ He brings such intense emotions to the character of Soames.
“ The cast is truly outstanding to say the least, with Rupert Graves and Gina McKee truly engaging the audience with the plight of their characters and Ioan Gruffudd convincingly portraying a work-a-holic architect whos visions captivate his employers.
“ That said, the true and stunning performances are those of the scion of a British royal family of the theater, Colin Redgrave, and relative newcomer Rupert Graves.
“ Engrossing continuation of the scandal ridden Forsyte tale .
“ He is the most complex and fascinating character in the series.
“ For me, this drama evoked powerful emotions ranging from: deep sorrow & loss (Old Jolyon), to empathy & sympathy, and even a few moments of unexpected humour.
“ Skip this ho-hum version!
“ So when you have 14 or so hours to spare (lol) you'll find this an enjoyable way to spend a rainy day inside...
“ Worth watching.
“ The failure of a compelling Irene means that "The Forsyte Saga" can't be as good as it could have been.
“ But it is Damian Lewis's performance that makes this miniseries worth watching.
“ Actually, the most compelling part of the story for me remains the unfolding lives of the older generation, Soames and Irene.
“ The backbone of the saga is the bifurcation of lineage from two patriarch brothers Forsyte in general and the enduring obsession of one, Soames Forsyte (Lewis), an intense and inscrutable solicitor, for a beautiful woman in particular.
“ This mini series features the predictable luxuriously furnished manors, exquisite period costumes, and lovely scenery of the English countryside.
“ I found the novels more interesting, yet hardly a suggestible read, only enjoyable relative to the series.
“ Soames meanwhile has also married again, to the beautiful French ex-shop girl Annette and have a stunning daughter Fleur, a spoilt child accustomed to getting her own way.
“ What makes this whole series so compelling is the power of Damian Lewis.