I watched this the other night mainly because Aidan Turner was in it. I fell in love with the whole thing. As someone who's never read the book or seen any other adaptations, I had no idea what to expect, and I just...loved it.
Annnnnnnd, the cast is stellar! In addition to Aidan, there's Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, and Burn Gorman to name a few.
I ended up buying the book from amazon, and will be buying this on dvd as soon as it's released.