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Any Human Heart 

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A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.
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Series cast summary:
Jim Broadbent ...  Logan Mountstuart (Older) 4 episodes, 2010
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Logan Mountstuart (Middle) 4 episodes, 2010
Conor Nealon Conor Nealon ...  Logan Mountstuart (Child) 4 episodes, 2010
Hayley Atwell ...  Freya Deverell 4 episodes, 2010
Sam Claflin ...  Logan Mountstuart (Young) 4 episodes, 2010
Ed Stoppard ...  Ben Leeping (Older) 4 episodes, 2010
Samuel West ...  Peter Scabius (Older) 4 episodes, 2010
Julian Ovenden ...  Ernest Hemingway 3 episodes, 2010
Ken Bones ...  Mr. Mountstuart 3 episodes, 2010
Flaminia Cinque ...  Mrs. Mountstuart 3 episodes, 2010
Emerald Fennell ...  Lottie 3 episodes, 2010
Gillian Anderson ...  Duchess of Windsor / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Tom Hollander ...  Duke of Windsor / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Kim Cattrall ...  Gloria Scabius 2 episodes, 2010
Holliday Grainger ...  Tess Scabius 2 episodes, 2010
Hugh Skinner ...  Lionel Mounstuart 2 episodes, 2010
Stéphane Dausse Stéphane Dausse ...  Cyprien 2 episodes, 2010
Rupert Vansittart ...  The Earl 2 episodes, 2010
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ...  Encarnacion 2 episodes, 2010
Freddie Fox ...  Peter Scabius (Young) 2 episodes, 2010
James Musgrave James Musgrave ...  Ben Leeping (Young) / ... 2 episodes, 2010
Kulvinder Ghir ...  Subadar Singh 2 episodes, 2010
Tobias Menzies ...  Ian Fleming 2 episodes, 2010
Poppy Epstein Poppy Epstein ...  Stella (Age 6) 2 episodes, 2010
Richard Schiff ...  Dr. Byrne 2 episodes, 2010


A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.

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2010 (UK) See more »

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Matthew Mcfayden , Amana Hale, and Myanna Burning all Also star in BBC's Ripper Street (2013). See more »


References Catch Me If You Can (2002) See more »

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Classy, entertaining and with heart
30 December 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I read somewhere that Any Human Heart had poor viewing figures. If so, that's quite sad, because this series was excellent. Ridiculous sometimes yes, but it was also a classy and entertaining series and I actually think it did have heart.

The book is a beautifully written and compelling one. And I think this series does a respectable job adapting it. Is it as good? Probably not, but the characters are faithful and great to watch and the story is told in an adept way. The script is often funny, touching, edgy, heart-warming and especially in the final episode reflective.

That's not all. The production values are exquisite. The scenery is beautiful, the photography stunning and the costumes ravishing. The music fits the mood of each scene perfectly, while the direction is fully competent and the pace right on the money.

The acting is excellent across the board. Julien Ovendon is good as Ernest Hemingway, while Kim Catrall's Gloria is the epitome of class and Gillian Anderson's Duchess of Windsor pinched and terrifying. Though it is the character of Logan who drives the drama, a very interesting if flawed character Logan is played by a different actor through different stages of his life. Logan as a child is played appealingly by Connor Nealon, while Logan as a young man is nicely portrayed by Sam Claflin. Matthew McFadyen is dashing, sympathetic and very convincing as a more middle-aged Logan, while Jim Broadbent comes off best in a brilliant, heartfelt and very reflective performance as Logan in his older age.

In conclusion, I thought it was wonderful especially for the production values and the acting. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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