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Niamh Cusack , Charles Dance , David Drury  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Niamh Cusack, Charles Dance, Clare Holman, Mark Benton, Emilia Fox
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4C6LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The making of a murderer

Ethereal beauty Angel Wharton is the devil in disguise. When she kidnaps a child as prey for a pedophile, you know she is evil. But what--or who--made her that way?

This riveting British miniseries explores the mind and motivations of a psychopath (Emilia Fox, The Pianist), moving backwards through time to learn where it all went wrong. Is it the fault of Angel’s father (Charles Dance, Bleak House), an ambitious but distant vicar? Her weak mother? The family friend obsessed with secrets? A long-dead heretic priest and his apocalyptic writings? Or the childhood friend who betrayed her?

Based on the acclaimed Roth Trilogy by crime writer Andrew Taylor, this tense drama unravels the web of circumstances that creates a serial killer.

Also starring Clare Holman (Inspector Morse), Emma Fielding (Cranford), Mark Benton (Booze Cruise), and Niamh Cusack.

DVD BONUS FEATURE 47-minute behind-the-scenes special.

Contains graphic scenes and nudity


Compulsively watchable. --

Riveting and grueling. -- MSN Entertainment

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angel Told Backwards October 19, 2009
By OiVey
I find it rare to see a story told out of order work so well. This BBC mini series tells the tale in three distinct parts, starting with the most recent events and going to the oldest.

We see the life of a young woman unravel to the point where she kidnaps a little girl, but her motives stem from her own childhood resentments. As the tale goes on, we see more how the older members of her family failed to get her the mental help she needed.

Emilia Fox plays the title role as Rosie 'Angel' Byfield. She manipulates a pedophile into helping her kidnap little girls and finally plots to take the daughter of her rival. In the second episode, we see her as a young woman struggling with a new stepmother and a mysterious drug using boyfriend. Finally, we see her childhood where her mother kills herself after being suspected of stabbing senile grandpa.

We need all three episodes for a complete picture of who this girl becomes. Each tale shines a light on a different corner of her mind, but leaves enough up in the air to draw us to the next part. It explores side plots of working mothers, relationship dynamics and faith without ever pushing any topic in your face.

I found it interesting and stimulating. I bet you will too.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, unfortunately slow. May 31, 2009
This is a very nice series that has a very solid story. Found it unlike other "crime" dramas. The pacing is slow. Story doesn't drag but doesn't move at decent clip either. The packaging is unfortunately bulky. If you are a fan of English drama's check it out. This series is based off three books. I believe something was lost in the transition from book to film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG December 26, 2012
I cant really put a review here with out spoiling it but it was awesome and so is Charles Dance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and evil soap opera? October 13, 2010
This might be a thrill for certain people in a funk that want to exorcise their gnarly demons. I tried to enjoy this story, but conclude that there is a dark intention underlying the whole thing. It's very negative and Anti-Christianity, or whatever form of religion is being represented by the man in the collar. Hate to say it, but it seems like another brick in the Satanic wall. There are forces at work which aren't plainly visible to the eye. Having turned from a God of love, people are drifting into alot of junk. There is a strange noise throughout much of the program which is very unnerving. It's like a drawn out depressing version of The Omen, although I rate The Omen as a classic horror movie and Fallen Angel as NOT GOOD. There's that noise again!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The shoe pinches and it shows September 26, 2010
By PBS Fan
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It is a theme that is uncomfortable to contemplate, and despite an excellent cast, unconvincing. I don't think any of the actors were at fault. I do think it is very difficult to get that close to knowing or even having genuine understanding of the basis for pyschopathy, and being able to come from that mindset while portraying the lives of fairly ordinary people with generally good intentions with a psychopath in their midst.
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