Period drama (TV)

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This week in TV: Nolly; Putin vs the West; Emily Atack: Asking for It?; Hotel Portofino
Helena Bonham Carter surprises as Noele Gordon; world leaders recall their encounters with Putin; Emily Atack challenges sexual harassment. Plus, the latest new Downton

Barbara Ellen

05, Feb, 2023 @9:30 AM

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TV tonight: Grayson Perry’s controversial new exhibition about Englishness
Colourful characters feature as Grayson Perry’s Full English begins. Plus: Lord Sugar and Marie Antoinette (not together). Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Hannah Verdier, Ellen E Jones, Phil Harrison and Simon Wardell

26, Jan, 2023 @6:15 AM

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Call the Midwife Special review – it wouldn’t be Christmas without this slyly majestic drama
The rousing, touching postwar childbirth drama has reached 1967 and is now so familiar it feels as if it’s been on air ever since. Prepare to be moved

Rebecca Nicholson

25, Dec, 2022 @9:25 PM

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Blood, Sex & Royalty review – a terrific peek at Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s sexiest bits
Warm, witty and full of universally brilliant acting, this absolute triumph of a docudrama also serves up huge chunks of knowledge, thanks to excellent talking head historians

Lucy Mangan

23, Nov, 2022 @12:39 PM

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‘This is rock-star history!’ – Antony Beevor on the gung-ho brilliance of SAS Rogue Heroes
Rebels, renegades, repressed homosexuals, drunks, poets and a cross-dressing spy … the great historian is loving the BBC’s thrillingly faithful account of the fighting force’s origins – including its heavy metal soundtrack

Antony Beevor

22, Nov, 2022 @3:05 PM

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Mother of God! It’s Line of Duty already: 100 years of the BBC, part 10
From Jed Mercurio’s bent copper hit to Michaela Coel’s powerful I May Destroy You and Russell T Davies’s prescient Years and Years, the BBC shows it can still be innovative and provocative

Mark Lawson

07, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The week in TV: The Flight Attendant; Lucy Worsley Investigates: The Witch Hunts; Tokyo Vice; Big Boys
Sky’s spiky airline espionage veers off course; 90s noir hits Japan; and Derry Girls’s Dylan Llewellyn stars in a big-hearted campus comedy

Barbara Ellen

29, May, 2022 @8:30 AM

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Eternal death and Adolf Hitler: an ode to Life After Life, the year’s most underrated TV show
The BBC’s thoughtful, beautifully told drama about continual rebirth isn’t always easy viewing, but it’s a complex, clever paean to human potential

Hollie Richardson

10, May, 2022 @8:57 PM

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Dan Stevens: ‘People thought I was crazy’
This was the response when the actor famously left Downton Abbey at its height, fearful of being typecast as a floppy-haired aristo. Now based in LA, he’s starring in everything from comedy and horror to a new series about Watergate

Michael Segalov

24, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Mr Darcy’s white shirt from lake scene stars in Jane Austen exhibition
Garment worn by Colin Firth in 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice to go on show at Jane Austen’s House

Steven Morris

25, Mar, 2022 @11:36 AM

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Bridgerton season two review – back with less fun and far less sex
It’s still sweeter and fizzier than rival period dramas, but without Regé-Jean Page, it’s no longer a heady, horny and impetuous watch

Jack Seale

25, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Pachinko to Bridgerton: the seven best shows to stream this week
An exceptional adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s novel about four generations of a Korean family, and the return of the raunchy Regency period drama

Phil Harrison

18, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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