Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

White Teeth

Last year, I criticized PBS for spending its limited scripted-programming resources too conservatively on costume dramas. So let's give credit where it's due. This Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of the intellectually agile 2000 Zadie Smith novel (the story of a multiethnic cast of Londoners from World War II to the turn of the millennium) showed the network can be daring — and relevant — without losing its class. (PBS)