The Crown Season Two. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, Netflix is clearly more addictive than laudanum. The Crown Season Two is flawlessly scripted, acted, shot, costumed and bejewelled with a performance by Claire Foy as HM The Queen that is quite simply majestic. The dignity, intelligence, vulnerability … Continue reading

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Good Luck! November 2017.

Dear Rowley, What to make of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle? Much has been written about the serendipity of Harry’s choice ergo an American mixed race actress of independent means and strident opinions. The inference is that the Royal … Continue reading

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Vivien Leigh. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, I recall many years ago filming a documentary about Vivien Leigh for Channel 4 in which I commented that her life and her art on screen were in total harmony: from the skittish, delicious, courageous minx Scarlett O’Hara … Continue reading

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The Crown. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, Having devoured the first six episodes of Netflix epic The Crown,¬†telling the story of The Queen’s accession to the throne, it is patently clear where ¬£100 million was spent on the production. I wonder whether re-staging the marriage … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, Heading back to London after a really rather lovely sojourn in Derbyshire for Christmas and pondering how heroic parents of young children are. We’ve got a dad travelling on his own with two very young daughters sharing my … Continue reading

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