This contemporary reworking
of Geoffrey Chaucerís late medieval book of tales has received mixed
reactions from viewers. Having read some of the original (mainly)
poems in Middle English, I can say they make fantastic literature.
They are written with such mastery that each poem is a prime example
of one of various genres around at the time of writing. So yes, I
like the originals. But Iím not one of those people who bemoan the
adaptation and transition of these texts into the world of modern
TV. I actually like the idea. And these six episodes (The Miller's
Tale, The Pardoner's Tales, The Man of Law's Tale, The Sea Captain's
Tale, The Knight's Tale and The Wife of Bath) have maintained the
generic spirit of the originals, which is all I would ask of any
The episodes also make
exciting and engrossing viewingójust look at The Pardonerís Tale
with its dramatic meditation of judgment and retribution! I donít
want to discuss the plots of each of the stories because that is a
bit pointless here. Chaucer was bawdy, and that cheeky mood makes it
across into this BBC production.
This is definitely one worth
having for lovers of good drama and Chaucer fans alikeóexcept of
course the pretentious textual purists who think TV is not worth
watching: but good are they to anyone anyway?
There are no extras on the
disc and the subtitles only come in English. The user menu is also
slightly cumbersome, but beside that I think it would be a good buy.
Billie Piper in The Millerís Tale as the lusty young wife worth
winning is good too.