Fleeing across a roof on a dark night in Victorian London, a thief crashes through a glass skylight to almost certain death. But an ambitious young doctor revives and reconstructs his shattered body, proudly showing off his handiwork at the Scientific Society where the city's intelligentsia meet. It is there that the robber picks up the key to a new existence, and on his release from prison begins to lead a double life. He becomes both the respectable, wealthy Montmorency and his degenerate servant, Scarper – while the police are baffled by a wave of mysterious and seemingly unstoppable thefts … Yet Montmorency must be on his guard at every moment. The smallest mistake could reveal his secret and destroy both his lives.
Playing time: 5 hrs 11 mins
Stephen Fry is a celebrated actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, written for radio shows such as Loose Ends and scripted three series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie for BBC TV. He has adapted Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies as the film Bright Young Things, which he also directed. As a performer, he is best known for his role as Jeeves in four series of Jeeves and Wooster, but he has made numerous other TV appearances. His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards.