|The Times (U.K.), 28 January 1997
Television: Period piece but no frills
by Daniel Rosenthal
[John] Hale's superb adaptation is matched by the direction of Alastair Reid [...] Firth and Albert Finney, who plays the
disillusioned Dr Monygham, are both excellent, and Italian film star Claudio Amendola pins down Nostromo's fatal vanity.
|Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) 2 February 1997
By Judy Rumbold
|Mail on Sunday (U.K.), 2 February 1997
Night & Day supplement - Week in Review
By Brian Viner
The Colin Firth Appreciation Society, of which I have fallen foul in
recent months, must have been looking forward to the BBC's four-part adaptation
of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, in which Firth plays Charles Gould, an upper-crust
Englishman determined to reopen his late father's silver mine in a small
South American republic.
|The Express (U.K.), 2 February 1997
Firth among equals...
By Margaret Forwood
Drag your eyes away, if you can, from the welcome sight of Colin Firth
in his first TV role since P and P. Concentrate instead on that chap with
the tight cotton pants and the shirt slashed to the waist who looks like
a more muscular Englebert Humperdinck. He is Nostromo, and he, not
our Colin, is meant to be the hero of BBC2's beautifully designed new Costume
drama, an epic tale of men corrupted by the love of silver (as a change
from gold) in 19th century South America.
Albert Finney is doing his usual scene-stealing as a fat old doctor who's gone native. ("Did you pad up for the role?" he was asked. "No, it's all me," said Albie cheerfully). But so far it's Colin's show. Out-trousered, Claudio.
|Daily Mirror (U.K.), 3 February 1997
By Tony Purnell
[Regarding "Nostromo"] there was little fear of the Beeb having another £9 million flop on its hands. Not once Colin Firth appeared on the scene. The man was born to wear breeches. His clothes and manners were impeccable as mine owner Charles Gould. And he was melting hearts again in passionate embraces with his beautiful new bride played by Serena Scott Thomas.
|Daily Telegraph (U.K.), 3 February 1997
South American saga with a soporific beat
By Cristina Odone
About halfway through "Nostromo" Charles Gould (Colin Firth), astride a horse, snapped impatiently at his fellow riders: "Could we go any faster? I want to get there before Christmas!" He took the words right out of my mouth [...]
Alongside Colin Firth in this slowly unfolding tale of Charles Gould's efforts to revive his father's silver mine in a Latin American dictatorship were Serena Scott Thomas as his wife Emilia, and Claudio Amendola as Nostromo.[...]
As for Firth... how I wept when he first appeared in a beard. The furry
growth will prompt as furious a debate, no doubt as the tight trousers
he had donned as Darcy in Pride and Prejudice: what does a beard do for
a man? Not much, as Firth
|Daily Mail (U.K.), 8 February 1997
TV - Pick of the Day: Nostromo
By Nigel Andrew
With the silver mine now prospering, Emilia Gould (Serena Scott Thomas) is urging Charles (Colin Firth) to take a break, or at least give her some attention. Some hope. The man is completely obsessed with his mine and its silver — though you'd hardly know it from Firth's sleep-walking performance. [...]
|Sunday Express (U.K.) 9 February 1997
Anthony Holden on last week's TV
But Gould is played by Colin Firth, in his first TV role since the dashing
Mr Darcy, so the entire story must be reshaped to give Britain's most fancied
actor opportunities to ride manfully into the tundra, and look moodily
towards the horizon (presumably in search of some good ratings).
|The Express (U.K.), 22 February 1997
by Patrick Stoddard