Viewers who blanch at extreme Anglomania, be forewarned: writer-director Julian
Fellowes's infidelity melodrama features so many crises handled with stiff upper
lips that you might feel like you've consumed an entire season of Masterpiece
Theatre in a single sitting. Like the Fellowes-scripted Gosford Park,
this story of marital disharmony is just the starting point for a critique of
patrician privilege. As a dig at England's nouveau aristocracy, Separate
Lies is one bitter pill; as a drawing-room drama, however, it's strictly
Peyton Place revisited.