Recently watched 2010 mini-series Any Human Heart after reading that it featured Gillian Anderson. I didn’t know what role she played but thought I’d give it a try. Really glad I did; it stars Jim Broadbent portraying the series protagonist, 'failed' writer Logan Mountstuart, as an old man who is reflecting back on his life as he sorts through treasures, detritus, mementos; vestiges of a lifetime spent reinventing himself throughout the 20th Century, beginning w/his student days at Oxford in the 1920’s, followed by marriages, careers, love affairs, tragedies, death, and finally, recognition (postmortem). Except for a sequence where he naïvely acts as courier between a London-based anarchist group and the Baader-Meinhof gang, I didn’t find much too far-fetched.
Tobias Menzies is memorably droll as Ian Fleming, who recruits Mountstuart into British Naval Intelligence and Tom Hollander is a hoot as abdicated king, the Duke of Windsor, as is Gillian Anderson as the Duchess (my biggest complaint about the series is that there wasn't enough of her-- she steals every scene she's in).
(Maybe if I was male and into rugby I’d have gotten more into William Boyd’s novel by the same name.)
The greatest sin is to be unconscious. ~ Carl Jung
We may not choose the parameters of our destiny. But we give it its content. ~ Dag Hammarskjold 'Waymarks'