Bachelor Boy. May 2018.

Dear Rowley, It is only when you are away from home that you start to notice the bachelor-isms creeping into the daily round. I spent a delightful weekend with my parents in Derbyshire and was struck by how set in … Continue reading

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In Their Defence: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor. May 2018

Dear Rowley, Can one defend the reputation of the Duke of Windsor, ex-King Edward VIII, who gave up a crown for the love of a twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson? This is the challenge set by Like A Shot TV for … Continue reading

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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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