054 The Treasure Seekers (1996)
A gentleman was sitting at one side of the table; he had a light moustache and light eyes, and he looked very young to be an editor—not nearly so old as Father. He looked very tired and sleepy, as if he had got up very early in the morning; but he was kind, and we liked him. Oswald thought he looked clever. Oswald is considered a judge of faces.
(The introduction of The Editor in The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbitt)
So good casting then. Another cravat role for Peter, so I’m sure he was pleased with that, but unfortunately paired with the least believable mustache since Grumpy George Harrison’s. It’s a shame actually, because other wise Peter looks pretty fabbo in the gold rimmed spec and the bowler hat, even if it does look like it’s maybe a size too big, plus he get to read, with great feeling, the greatest poem every written, “Lines on a Dead Black Beetle that was Poisoned,” and have grabby hands which I always enjoy.
The other shame in this is the missed opportunity with Ian Richardson, because they were this close to having a scene together, but they didn’t, so we never get to see Malcolm-to-be and Francis Urquhart-who-was sharing the screen. Oh lamentations for what might have been!
Otherwise, this is a thoroughly inoffensive adaptation of what I’m sure is an thoroughly inoffensive E. Nesbit classic, and for once Peter and Gina Mckee get to be nice to each other onscreen which makes for a nice change.