Painted Lady (mini series)
|Genre||Drama, murder mystery|
|Written by||Alan Cubitt|
|Directed by||Julian Jarrold|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Gub Neal
|Running time||101 minutes (including adverts)|
|Production company(s)||WGBH Boston in association with Granada Television|
|Original network||ITV (UK)
|Original release||7 December– 8 December 1997|
The role was created specifically for Mirren, as a means for her to try something a bit different from her Inspector Tennison character on the popular Prime Suspect series. The series was a collaborative effort of Granada Television (UK) and PBS (U.S.). It was broadcast on the ITV network from 7 to 8 December 1997 in the UK and in the U.S. PBS's Masterpiece Theatre 26 April 1998.
Maggie Sheridan (Mirren), a washed-up blues vocalist from the 1960s who had long since stopped performing, had settled into a comfortable life on the Dublin estate of the father of her childhood friend, Sir Charles Stafford (Iain Cuthbertson). When Sir Charles is murdered in what appears to be a bungled robbery (in which a valuable sixteenth-century painting is stolen), Maggie is drawn into the world of illegal art trade in an effort to solve the mystery and avenge her friend's murder, donning the persona of Polish Countess Magdelena Kreschinskaá.
The story centers around Judith Beheading Holofernes, the masterwork of Artemisia Gentileschi, who was a 17th-century female Italian painter who survived a rape. The painting fictionally travels to Dublin and New York City, and Gentileschi's tragic story eventually figures into the plot. There are other visual references to notable paintings in the film.
- John Leonard (27 April 1998). "In Brief: Painted Lady". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
- John Carman (26 April 1998). "Painted Lady Thriller Crowds An Already Bursting Sunday". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
- David Mermelstein (27 April 1998). "Review: Painted Lady". Variety. Retrieved 2013-07-27.