By Terry Kelleher
January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

PBS (Sun., Jan. 26, 9 p.m. ET)


Like the 1995 movie The American President, in which chief executive Michael Douglas was sweet on lobbyist Annette Bening, this British Masterpiece Theatre entry is an entertaining mix of romantic comedy and politics lite. You’ll notice it’s not realistic, but you won’t much care.

Robson Green plays an undercover gossip columnist—pen name Mrs. Jones—who’s been ordered to dig up dirt on the married prime minister (Caroline Goodall). Posing as a campaign fund-raiser, Green slips into the PM’s good graces, and they quickly fall in love. The film comes to a rather perfunctory conclusion after a less-than-shocking twist, but the two stars have a chemistry that renders quibbles largely irrelevant.

BOTTOM LINE: Keep up with Jones