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Review: Victoria – Season 1

There's being late to the party and then there's panic watching eight hours of a series to be prepared for the sophomore season starting tonight. So first, apologies for not taking Victoria seriously when everyone was saying how great it was. I have only myself and Poldark to blame, since the Cornish BBC drama aired around the same time and made me choose every Sunday. Oh, and I'll blame the production company Masterpiece too - they made both excellent television…

A Late Arrival’s Thoughts on Outlander Episode 1

As a television show that aired in 2014, I understand that I'm a very late arrival to the period drama Outlander. Yet despite being a British-American production filmed in Scotland, the show has only been aired on television channels in the US, Canada and Australia, whilst British audiences have only been able to watch with an Amazon Prime subscription. Part of this was due to the reluctance of British broadcasters to show the adult content of the show, and it's…

Review: Cable Girls – Episodes 4 & 5

Don't forget to catch up on our review of episodes 2 and 3! In episodes 4 and 5 of Cable Girls (aka Las Chicas Del Cable), the stakes became a lot more real for our four leading women. The feminist message behind the show is coming face-to-face with real situations, as Alba and her friends must figure out what they're going to do with the cards they've been dealt. As ever, spoilers ahead... Cable Girls is still a beautiful show,…

Review: Cable Girls – Episodes 2 & 3

Completely new to the series? Check out our review of Cable Girls episode 1 first! After a delightful first episode, the next two hours of Cable Girls (or Las Chicas Del Cable) took the smart step of zooming out from our primary protagonist and spending more time on developing surrounding characters. It bodes well for the rest of the episodes, since this approach demonstrates a commitment to really creating a tangible setting, rather than just a simple main story. Watch…

Review: Jamestown – Episode 1

Imagine leaving behind everything you know to take on a brutal journey in a wooden boat, before arriving to meet the person you'll be tied to in a complex swirl of legal obligation and pressure. You'd better hope that they happen to be kind, with the alternative turning a brave new world into a ugly prison. There's the premise of Jamestown, Sky One's period drama set in the camp of the early English settlers, in what was later to be the…

Review: Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable) – Episode 1

Cable Girls, or Las Chicas del Cable to give the show its original name, is Netflix Original's first Spanish language drama and true to the streaming service's productions so far, it's a refreshing and lavish affair. A period drama that steps in the shadow of Baz Luhrmann whilst pushing an earnest message of feminism, it proudly stands apart from traditional British and American shows. Set in 1928, the story follows Lidia (Blanca Suarez), a mysterious woman who starts work as…

Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 2

Decline and Fall continued to delight this week with its second episode, packed full again with witty dialogue, sharp visual gags and easy performances from a lively cast. Despite a leading man that many find polarising, and vague marketing, this show has excelled expectations and done the author of the source novel very proud indeed. After a busy set-up episode, the sequel largely transported us away from the stuffy boarding school of Paul Pennyweather's (Jack Whitehall) employment and into the bourgerious…

Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 1

The BBC unveiled their latest classic novel adaptation in the form of Decline and Fall, a televised version of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 comic novel. Featuring comedian Jack Whitehall as the lead and boasting American star Eva Longoria, it promises a light tone and easy humour. It achieved this well, but in the end it was the source material that really was the star of episode one, with sharp quotes punctuating busy scenes. Despite an unusual leading couple, Decline and Fall…

Review: To Walk Invisible

The Bronte sisters have gathered a devoted following in the last two centuries, from fans of their remarkable novels to scholars devoted to uncovering the mysteries of their improbably quiet lives. Their works have been adapted for screen numerous times, but dramatic interpretations of the writers themselves are fairly rare. It was therefore a treat when Happy Valley's Sally Wainwright announced that she would be writing and directing a period drama about Bronte family. To Walk Invisible is the result,…

Review: Rillington Place – Episode 3

This week, the three-part series Rillington Place evolved itself from harrowing to completely unnerving with the final episode. As Tim Evans fought for his life in front of a judge, he found his word counted for little in the face of an already biased courtroom. Meanwhile John Christie began to become more reckless than ever, whilst Ethel's dissent against her husband's actions proved to be fatal. Tim Roth was even more creepy and terrifying than ever in a episode that finally…