Three men and one epic life

Published: 18/11/2010

PERHAPS only when we’re reminded of our own mortality do we ever truly take a moment to reflect on what we have achieved during our lifetimes – the successes and failures and the enduring effect of decisions made in a moment.

Such retrospection is the focus of the new four-part Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart, based on the novel of the same name by William Boyd.

The opening scene introduces us to a man in his eighties, a writer by the name of Logan Mountstuart who, having suffered a minor heart attack, is starting to put his life in order by reading the journal he started as a boy.

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