Alzheimer’s/Dementia is one of the most difficult and emotionally shattering illnesses that a family can deal with, and it is therefore not shown very often in the correct manner on screen.
However, in the BBC’s feature length adaptation ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ the genius decision to have a dementia sufferer essentially trying to play detective and piece together a situation from her past and one from her present, all while her condition worsens, allows for the audience to properly understand the intricacies of the illness.
Glenda Jackson, making her return to TV after nearly 3 decades, is simply remarkable in the lead role and it’s tough to think of anyone delivering a better performance in the coming year. The whole cast is great and Sophie Rundle is used perfectly to create a real feeling of love and mystery in the few scenes she is given.
A real triumph.
Rating = 4/5