Review: The 39 Steps (BBC1)

Disappointing is my one word summary of it. It’s also a reminder that more often than not – remaking a classic rarely improves upon the original. The original 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie is a masterpiece. This, on the other hand, was lacklustre and very second rate.

As a Times reviewer points out, it’s because Auntie (aka the BBC) isn’t comfortable with either militarism or patriotic messaging that were part and parcel of the original version. Thus, this was a dumbed down, anodyne version.

Watch again on BBC iPlayer.

More on The Guardian website re: other versions of the classic film.

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