I actually prefer Phil Davies as Jud - I can actually make out what he's saying! And they'd uglied up poor Paul Curran so much, I could barely look at him.
I particularly liked the scene in the kitchen, just after Ross and Demelza were married, when Jud and Prudie begin to come round to accepting Demelza's new status.
I see what you mean about the Paynters Mrs G, but they are sooooo miserable and grumpy, my heart sinks when they show up!
George is quite unpleasant in a snearing way and he is starting to wind France's up for his own gain so I can see that developing. He hasn't (strangely) got his father around to guide him.
The Paynters are not at all engaging, I agree Verity. If I were Ross, they would be on their way to the hovel in Grambler before you could say knife. I wonder if the Gimletts will feature? Nothing has been mentioned about them as far as I know. Not long to wait and see now.
I suppose one problem in trying to get J&P as the double act they are in the books is that their accents and Malapropisms wouldn't be understood by many viewers, especially overseas. Just imagine trying to translate some of their ramblings!
I noticed George's 'blathering' dog reclining under his desk again on Sunday. He is another character who isn't quite aloof and unlikeable enough. He is being shown as a fop rather than an astute businessman.
Sorry - I've gone off topic.
I'm not impressed with Jud or Prudie actually. They seem sullen and unhelpful employees - and not at all likeable. We knew they were lazy but in this incarnation I get no pleasure from seeing them at all! Bring on the Gimletts - soon please
Unfortunately, I'm not at all impressed with this Jud...
It's such a shame...I loved Paul Currans version. I know it's unfair to judge the new cast by my love of the old, but I don't even like him as a 'new' character!
With grateful acknowledgements
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
Phil Davis - Jud Paynter