Film of the day: Fanny Lye Deliver’d

Fanny Lye Deliver'd

Network premiere of this haunting, irresistibly tense period melodrama from writer-director Thomas Clay, starring Maxine Peake and Charles Dance.

Fanny Lye (Peake) is a farmer’s wife who’s settled for her lot on a Shropshire farm in Oliver Cromwell’s England. Her husband John (Dance), a former Puritan soldier, rules the household with an iron fist as the pair bring up their son Arthur (Zak Adams). It’s a bleak, quiet existence. At least it is until naked couple Thomas (Freddie Fox) and Rebecca (Tanya Reynolds) appear in the family’s barn, battered, bruised and looking for shelter.

John reluctantly takes the pair in, swayed by Thomas’ claims that – like John – he’s ex-military, and that he and Rebecca were robbed of all their money and clothes. Yet when the local sheriff (Peter McDonald) comes looking for a mysterious couple wanted for preaching their ways of free love and orgies, Fanny realises that Thomas and Rebecca mightn’t be who they say they are. And what’s more, she finds that rather titillating.

Fanny Lye Deliver’d

Monday at 11.20pm on FilmFour.

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