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Review: Little Women – Episode 3

Finally Lost In Drama reaches our episode three review of Little Women, although very late - sorry! A case of festive frivolities and the inevitable flu that followed wiped out writing for a period. A very belated Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and I hope the winter break went well for you all. Catch up with our reviews of episode one and two if you haven't already! Now, the final episode of Little Women has been rewatched so…

Review: Little Women – Episode 2

The next episode of Little Women continued to race through a number of plot points at breakneck speed, leaving us all wondering how on earth previous film versions have managed to cram in everything in just two thirds of the time. In one hour, Jo's improbable career found a boost, Laurie made a move, Amy was bored, Meg got married and Beth almost succumbed to a fatal illness - plus, lots more. There was much to weep over and the drama…

Review: Little Women – Episode 1

In the canon of beloved novels, Little Women has been a treasured part of many childhoods. From cultural references (warning: very old spoilers) to many affectionate adaptations, the BBC bravely chose their latest screen version as the star of their Christmas schedule. It's a starry affair, with Emily Watson portraying matriarch Marmee, Angela Lansbury as Aunt March and Michael Gambon as Mr Lawrence. The younger actors are less known but no less talented, with Uma Thurman's daughter Maya Hawke playing tomboy…

Review: Victoria Christmas Special – ‘Comfort and Joy’

Two months after the conclusion of season two, Victoria returned to British screens for a Christmas special, titled 'Comfort and Joy'. It ended up being a bit of a rollercoaster two hours with little comfort or joy, covering everything from Christmas traditions and heartache, to venereal diseases and unfortunately ice accidents. By the end, and after eating my weight in turkey, I was more than ready to call time on the day. Chief showrunner Daisy Goodwin took on writing duties…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 10 ‘Mystery Man’

We've reached the conclusion of season two of The Crown. It's also our final episode with Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the leads, along with much of the rest of the cast, potentially. Fortunately, Foy and Smith reminded us of exactly how phenomenal they are in this show with a quiet, but poignant, finale. I love Olivia Colman as much as the next British person with any sense, but I will be sad to lose Foy's titan performance. That…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 9 ‘Paterfamilias’

The Crown waited until its penultimate episode for the series gut-punch, as 'Paterfamilias' explored the relationship between Philip and his son, and the traumatic childhood that he left behind. I do occasionally complain that this series focuses too much on Philip, who is portrayed in The Crown as pretty unbearable at times. Episode nine justified that focus though, with heart-wrenching scenes and phenomenal acting. That's part of the reason for this slight delay in episode reviews - after all, an…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 8 ‘Dear Mrs Kennedy’

The Crown took us to the very distant past in episode eight, recounting the events of an American president and his first lady visiting Buckingham Palace without complete embarrassment. Of course, these days, the American president is too terrified to visit the UK because a bunch of angry British people will briefly leave behind their repressed nature and show intense displeasure in the form of shouting and no biscuits over tea. Anyway, I digress - back to semi-fictional drama! The…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 7 ‘Matrimonium’

Despite the best efforts of Disney, I think we can all agree that the love stories of real-life princesses aren't always the fairytale that they're imagined to be. From Princess Grace to Diana and Charlene, none of them have had the best luck in husbands, despite the rich luxury that comes with the marriage. Princess Margaret in The Crown is no exception, and as her older sister points out, she's far too invested in her luxurious life to leave it…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 6 ‘Vergangenheit’

The past returns to haunt the royal family in episode 6 of The Crown, as the Duke of Windsor attempts to return to British society. Starting with a flashback to 1945, where everybody's favourite Jared Harris makes a small, but affecting appearance, a buried box found in a German forest finds its way to Buckingham palace. The contents? Revelations that the abdicated ex-king had attempted to bargain with the Nazis during World War II for his own reinstatement to the…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 5 ‘Marionettes’

The last couple episodes of The Crown have seen the drama follow a far more episodic structure, lengthening out the timeline to focus on pivotal single events. It works well in its favour, as while the earlier focus on the royal marriage was fascinating, there was just too much else going on during the late 1950s to be left in the background. In the case of episode five, it's an incendiary editorial in a little-known newspaper titled the National Review,…