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War and Peace recap: episode one – ‘costume drama at its most lavish’

War and Peace recap: episode one – ‘costume drama at its most lavish’

Well, I know that must have cost a bomb, but it was worth every kopeck. That was utterly fabulous. Balls at the Winter Palace! Men in full military uniform galloping forth on white chargers! Stolen kisses in the conservatory! Dancing bears in drunken flashback scenes! Cavorting ladies drinking champagne! Pass me a magnum of your […]

Deutschland 83: ‘A lot of people were happy in East Germany’

Deutschland 83: ‘A lot of people were happy in East Germany’

Abedroom on the outskirts of Berlin. At first glance, the details look unremarkable: sports posters, a radio, magazines and board games. But then you notice that the radio is a Prominent Automatik 2000, that the magazines are issues of Sputnik, and on the bookshelf sits The Life And Times Of Nikita Khrushchev. This is the […]

Dickensian review – a labour of love obscured by too much fog and too many hats

Dickensian review – a labour of love obscured by too much fog and too many hats

Christmas Eve, and old Mr Havisham is dead. His daughter, Amelia (Miss Havisham) and her half-brother Arthur are doing the stuff people do when a parent dies – mourning, funerals, wills etc, the last of which doesn’t go well for Arthur, inheritance-wise. Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley (not dead – not yet), the Wonga of […]

Doctor Who, series 35, episode 12 – Hell Bent

Doctor Who, series 35, episode 12 – Hell Bent

Spoiler alert: this blog contains plot details for Hell Bent, episode 12 of the 35th series of Doctor Who on BBC1 ‘Run like hell because you’ll always need to. Laugh at everything because it’s always funny. Never be cruel and never be cowardly and if you ever are, always make amends.’ Does he know? After […]

Doctor Who series 35, episode 11 – Heaven Sent

Doctor Who series 35, episode 11 – Heaven Sent

Spoiler alert: this blog contains plot details for Heaven Sent, episode 11 of the 35th series of Doctor Who on BBC1 ‘The Hybrid destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in its ruins is me’ Well, to quote some of the more mischievous contributors below the line, that was no Robot of Sherwood. A confession: the […]

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