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Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Remember

Forget about "Barbara Taylor Bradford's Remember." The two-parter suffers from a sluggish pace and direction by John Herzfeld, a lack of suspense and a plot with more holes and loose threads than a Flemish tapestry.

Forget about “Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Remember.” The two-parter suffers from a sluggish pace and direction by John Herzfeld, a lack of suspense and a plot with more holes and loose threads than a Flemish tapestry.

Donna Mills (looking strangely like Cheryl Ladd) plays Nicky Wells, international journalist whose specialty is arch-terrorist Abu Nayef. Her fiance , Charles Devereaux (Derek De Lint), disappeared on the eve of their wedding, an apparent suicide, so she has thrown herself into her work.

Ordered to take a vacation, she heads to Amsterdam, site of a recent bombing by Abu Nayef. There she hooks up with old friend Clee Donovan (Stephen Collins), who offers her his country place. From there — despite, or perhaps because of the presence of four scripters adapting Bradford’s novel — things get confusing , convoluted and ultimately ridiculous.

Nicky and Clee look like they may be on the verge of romance when she sees footage of a man she is sure is Charles. Nicky pursues the mystery man and — surprise — it turns out Charles is alive.

He tells her he’s deep under cover for British intelligence (what kind of intelligence officer gets his face flashed around the world?).

Her knowledge about Charles threatens her relationship with Clee, and ultimately her life. The story is overdone and ultimately collapses under its own weight.

Mills and Collins give OK performances, nothing special; but De Lint is unconvincing. Good performances are given by Claire Bloom and Ian Richardson as Charles’ mother and stepfather, and by Cathy Tyson as Clee’s assistant at his photography studio. All three are much better than the material.

Director of photography Steve Shaw provides some nice camerawork and scenery of Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin.

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Remember

(Sun., Mon. (24, 25), 9-11 p.m., NBC)

  • Production: Filmed in Amsterdam, Dublin and Barcelona by List/Estrin Prods. and H.R. Prods. in association with NBC Prods. Exec producers, Robert Bradford, Jonathan Estrin, Shelley List; producer, Frederick Muller; director, John Herzfeld; writers, Mart Crowley, List, Estrin, Herzfeld.
  • Crew: Camera, Steve Shaw; editor, Robert Florio; production designer, Keith Wilson; sound, David Stephenson; music , David Shire.
  • Cast: With: Donna Mills, Stephen Collins, Derek De Lint, Claire Bloom, Ian Richardson, Gail Strickland, Christophe Orht, Cathy Tyson, Lynsey Baxter, Daphne Deckers, Rosaleen Linehan, Colin Stinton, Sabri Saad El-Hanus, Eric Handler, Maria De Booy, Bob Van Dam, Martin Murphy, Bob Van Tol, Dickey Beer, John Herzfeld, Herman Brood, Nadim Swalha, Rene Van Asten, Brian Striner, Sal Viscusco.
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