A Dance to the Music of Time (TV series)

A Dance to the Music of Time is a British four-part television drama series based on the book series of the same name by Anthony Powell. The series was also written by Anthony Powell with Hugh Whitemore as co-writer. The series was produced by Table Top Productions and directed by Christopher Morahan and Alvin Rakoff. It was first broadcast on Channel 4[1] on the 9 October 1997 over four consecutive weeks.

A Dance to the Music of Time
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producerHugh Whitemore
ProducerAlvin Rakoff
Running time120 minutes
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatSurround sound 5.1
Original release9 October (1997-10-09) –
30 October 1997 (1997-10-30)
External links
Channel 4





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
(millions) [3]
1"The Twenties"Christopher MorahanAnthony Powell and Hugh Whitemore9 October 1997 (1997-10-09)N/A
2"The Thirties"Christopher MorahanAnthony Powell and Hugh Whitemore16 October 1997 (1997-10-16)N/A
3"The War"Alvin RakoffAnthony Powell and Hugh Whitemore23 October 1997 (1997-10-23)N/A
4"Post War"Alvin RakoffAnthony Powell and Hugh Whitemore30 October 1997 (1997-10-30)N/A

Critical receptionEdit

The Thomas Sutcliffe of The Independent described the first episode in the series if It's questionable whether any literary work can survive a compression as intense as that undergone by A Dance to the Music of Time and went on to mention For obvious reasons barely even a homeopathic trace of Powell's patrician ruminations remain - what has survived are the incidents upon which he strung his grand reflections. .[4]


Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
1998 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress Miranda Richardson Nominated


  1. ^ "A Dance to the Music of Time on ALL4". Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "A Dance to the Music of Time - Full Cast & Crew". TV Guide. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  3. ^ "BARB 7-Day viewing data". BARB.
  4. ^ "TV REVIEW: A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME by Thomas Sutcliffe, 23 October 2011". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2021.[permanent dead link]

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