Maybe a straight up retelling of this story is just out of sync with the zeitgeist of the British people since the loss of the Empire? I'm sure the Yanks wouldn't have mucked it up, and they have been drawn to the story again and again, perhaps because it resinates with their position as global superpower, the position Britain held when the story was written.
I suppose the story is all about the hubris of the dominant human power and that narrative isn't particularly relevant to todays Britain.
I thought it was a cert to be good with the BBC behind it, I'll have to reassess my perhaps overly positive opinion of the BBC!
Did any of you guys see it?
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