If your guilty pleasure is romance novels, dim the lights, get out the candles, lounge on a silk divan--and turn on the TV. The CBS Sunday movie offering at 9 p.m. is for you: a frothy romp in an early 19th-Century setting, called "A Hazard of Hearts."
Others may want to take a look just for the fun of it.
Tongue-in-cheek (the villains die with bons mots on their lips), this teleplay by Terence Feely, based on Barbara Cartland's novel, is not to be taken seriously, despite a heavyweight cast.
For starters, there's Diana Rigg as the haughty Marchioness of Vulcan. She has a gambling habit, runs a smuggling ring from caves beneath Mandrake Castle and will stop at nothing to keep her son from marrying. Dressing down the servants ("Why in God's name am I surrounded by idiots?"), skewering a recalcitrant smuggler ("You've never seen a boar speared before?"), swirling brandy in a snifter or plotting dire mischief, Rigg, in dark ringlets and satin gowns, is a villain to relish.
In small guest roles, Christopher Plummer and Stewart Granger add mightily to the melodrama: Granger as Old Vulcan, retired from worldly concerns; Plummer as Sir Giles Staverly, who, with one throw of the dice, loses his estate and daughter Serena to nasty Lord Wrotham (Edward Fox).