(Originally written for MSN TV)
Mrs Biggs opens with a disclaimer stating that, though it is a true story, ‘some scenes have been included or altered for dramatic purposes’.
How much else was tweaked remains up to the viewer to decide: this is Charmian’s version of events and we have to take her word for a great deal. However, it’s certainly a compelling depiction of the way life can be entirely derailed (no joke intended) by a chance meeting or an unwise love affair.
Or both, in the case of Charmian Brent.
The programme starts on a train, appropriately enough. Ronnie meets his future wife for the first time and instantly starts to banter with her and the older couple sitting opposite. You get the feeling he’d start bantering with the luggage rack and seats given half the chance: his sharp suit and patter instantly mark him out as a ‘lock up your daughters’ type.
Basically, if Nuts Magazine had been invented in 1960, Ronnie would have read it.
Read the rest of the review here: http://tv.uk.msn.com/what-to-watch/tv-review-itv1-drama-mrs-biggs