If there's pleasure to be derived from the misfortunes of others, then Julian Fellowes' wickedly entertaining adaptation of Nigel Balchin's nearly forgotten 1951 novel is a barrel of fun. Smart, well-dressed and faultlessly respectable, James Manning (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife, Maggie (Emily Watson), live a well-heeled life that could have sprung full-blown from the pages of British House & Garden
. James and Maggie split their time between a smart house in London, where James works as a high-powered solicitor, and a handsomely appointed country manse in Buckinghamshire. The pretty picture starts to unravel the night James misses Maggie's cocktail party for t...