name='ProfMarcus']I couldn't agree more, silverwhistle. I still have to grit my teeth when I think back to the travesty the BBC made of The Woman In White
in 1997, with Simon Callow as Fosco. In the book, Walter Hartright quits his job for the entirely honourable reason that he's fallen in love with Laura and learns that she's engaged to another man. This motive presumably wouldn't be understood by the modern generation, so they invented a servant-girl screaming the place down because he suggested she pose for him.
In the same production, the friendship between Walter and Marion is sealed when they discuss Dante Gabriel Rossetti's exhumation of his wife, Lizzie Siddall. Well and good, except that she was alive and kicking in the year that scene was set.