Well, if you live in the UK, that is. Tonight on BBC2 at 11.30 they are showing the 2006 film version of The Painted Veil. An apparently very slight tale of sin and redemption by that crafty, in all senses of the word, old master, Somerset Maugham. Superbly well-acted, and the scenery from Guilin in Guanxi province simply takes your breath away. I just hope it shows up as well on a small screen.
Some critics sniffed at the 'smallness' of the story but Maugham knew better. Inside a human relationship there is a whole universe of conflicting emotions and that genuine worth and even heroism may lay dormant until events conspire to bring it forth. This is a first-rate film that honours a first-class writer.