Review: ‘The Pursuit of Love’ Against All Odds

Lily James of “Downton Abbey” plays a die-hard romantic in an adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s classic comic novel.

By Mike Hale

When you’re making a television show out of a 76-year-old best seller — in this case, a beloved comic novel subject over the years to charges of superficiality — the last thing you might worry about is ending up with something safer and more conventional than the original. But here we have “The Pursuit of Love,” a three-hour BBC mini-series arriving Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

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