The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Patrick Dempsey
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Marcus Goldman, a blocked young superstar author, takes refuge in the coastal mansion of his reclusive mentor, only to find that his hero is now suspected of murder. The adaptation of Joel Dicker’s bestselling novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Tuesday, Sky Witness, 9pm) is good-looking, leisurely and baffling. Harry Quebert (Patrick Dempsey) is revered in Summerdale, Maine, where he wrote his masterpiece. That changes when the body of long-missing 15-year-old Nola Kellergan is found yards from his isolated house.

Decades having passed since her disappearance, some actors have to sport highly unconvincing make-up in order to age them from one timeframe to the next. In contrast, Ben Schnetzer is an appealingly fresh-faced Marcus in the extreme close-ups favoured by director Jean-Jacques Annaud. Kristine Froseth, who plays the missing girl, is either struggling to portray girlish innocence or there’s more to their relationship than Harry’s letting on: there’s too much eye-contact between the free-spirited teen and handsome Harry for comfort. But would the mere discovery of the body entail his immediate removal to jail? It’s a rum affair, and it can only get rummer.

★★★★☆

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