Andrew Davies (of "Pride and Prejudice" fame) adapts George Eliot's novel, Daniel Deronda in the style of his grand British costume dramas. Eliot's story centers around Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai), a beautiful but vain heroine who falls in love immediately with Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy). However, to save her father from financial devastation, Gwendolen succumbs against her heart to accept a marriage proposal from the self-absorbed aristocrat, Henleigh Grandville (Hugh Bonneville). Despite his wealth, Grandcourt offers Gwendolen little happiness and crushes her independent spirit. In the meantime, Daniel embarks on a quest to learn his true identity and discovers his Jewish heritage. When Gwendolen turns for friendship to Daniel, she may be too late... she discovers his involvement with Mirah Lapidoth (Jodhi May), a talented young woman whom he rescued from drowning and whom he finds himself caring for deeply.
This film is made for television and not rated.