The British actress admires Julian Fellowes after he helped launch her career
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Thursday 22 October 2009
The death of the costume drama on the BBC has been declared before. By the BBC. In the Eighties the Corporation decided that the public no longer had an appetite for it, and barely made any, denying a generation adaptations of the classics. Then in the Nineties it made the excellent Colin Firth/ Jennifer Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice to critical and public acclaim, and the senior BBC executive Michael Jackson went on the Today programme to apologise for keeping costume dramas off the air.
Friday 04 September 2009
"With [Peter] Bowker reportedly – literally – taking a Stanley knife to the original book in order to arrange it into a coherent and hence more transferable-to-screen timeline, he butchered some of the original essence and culled some of the characters too." - primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk
Wednesday 10 June 2009
What are the most obvious changes to have occurred in the shape of the human body in recent centuries? TV costume dramas are notable for their attention to detail, to the most minute aspects of costume or furnishings. But there is one aspect of the past which, unavoidably, they get wrong. The actors are too tall and, usually, too fat, properly to portray historical characters.
Friday 30 January 2009
First released in 1975, and now showing at the BFI, this is Kubrick's most beautiful movie, and his most touching.
Friday 05 September 2008
When location manager Iain Smith turned up on the beach at St Andrews at 5am in the morning, he assumed the shoot would go smoothly this time round. The opening shot for Chariots of Fire showed the athletes in training, running through the sea. Since the film is set in 1924, all signs of modernity had been meticulously removed. Then Smith glanced up at the horizon and saw a British Navy frigate anchored offshore, dominating the bay. He had to get rid of it.
Sunday 13 April 2008
Sunday 06 April 2008
Alain Robert drives his family up the wall. The world's greatest "urban free solo" climber has scaled 80 of the world's tallest buildings without using any equipment, just his hands and feet. He has an arrest sheet as long as his arm, which in his case is very long from all the trauma he puts his muscles and tendons through.
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