Historical drama (TV)

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Outlander author Diana Gabaldon: ‘I needed Scotsmen because of the kilt factor’
She secretly wrote the first of her time-travelling novels while her husband slept. Now she’s published the ninth in the smash hit series. She talks explosive sex scenes – and where George RR Martin went wrong

Alison Flood

23, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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New Gold Mountain review – lush neo-western takes a new route through gold rush Australia
Beautiful, heightened drama series following the Chinese community in 1850s Ballarat gives a fresh, cinematic spin on history

Luke Buckmaster

12, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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TV tonight: Jack O’Connell’s Arctic agonies escalate
The North Water nears its chilling climax. Plus, Tina Fey’s and Robert Carlock’s amiable sitcom, Mr Mayor, provides lighter relief

Phil Harrison, Ellen E Jones, Ali Catterall and Simon Wardell

01, Oct, 2021 @5:20 AM

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The week in TV: The North Water; Wolfe; My Childhood, My Country; Imagine: Tom Stoppard; Big Age
A dark whaling tale brings out the wonderful worst in Colin Farrell, Paul Abbott goes cartoonish with a bipolar pathologist, plus author Bolu Babalola’s sparky new comedy

Barbara Ellen

12, Sep, 2021 @8:30 AM

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TV tonight: David Morrissey returns in Jez Butterworth’s Britannia
Morrissey and Mackenzie Crook continue to fight it out three years after the Roman invasion. Plus: Paralympics Opening Ceremony Live. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Ammar Kalia, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

24, Aug, 2021 @5:20 AM

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Anne Stallybrass obituary
Actor known for her role as Anne, the spirited wife in the 1970s BBC TV drama The Onedin Line

Anthony Hayward

09, Jul, 2021 @10:35 AM

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The week in TV: Anne Boleyn; Mare of Easttown; Sweet Tooth; The Anti-Vax Conspiracy
Jodie Turner-Smith is a mesmerising presence in the decidedly uneven Anne Boleyn, Kate Winslet bows out and will be sorely missed, while a history of the anti-vax movement is both startling and enraging

Euan Ferguson

06, Jun, 2021 @8:30 AM

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‘Their stories need to be told’: the true story behind The Underground Railroad
Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed 10-part adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel shines much-needed light on a history that many still don’t know

David Smith in Washington

17, May, 2021 @6:16 AM

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Domina: this Roman epic fills a gory, horny, Game of Thrones-shaped hole
The show has a great cast, a big budget and is full of carnage and backstabbing. Plus people say ‘My liege!’ a lot. What’s not to like?

Joel Golby

14, May, 2021 @9:00 PM

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‘We had a therapist on set’ – William Jackson Harper on The Underground Railroad
The Good Place star plays a free man helping slaves to escape in Barry Jenkins’ epic series. The actor talks about the trauma of re-enacting such violent times – and the need to face up to history

Steve Rose

10, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Loved Bridgerton? The best historical novels to escape into another world
From Regency romance queen Georgette Heyer to a novel about the search for Tutankhamun’s tomb, author Harriet Evans picks her favourites

Harriet Evans

18, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Sitting comfortably? Top TV treats to raise your spirits in 2021
It’s in with the old and the new, as broadcasters and streaming platforms serve up a slew of fresh dramas, favourite series, comedy hits and debuts

Sarah Hughes

03, Jan, 2021 @8:45 AM

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