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Victorian classics don’t need TV to sex them up - they’re risque enough already | Kathryn Hughes

1 January 2016 9:19 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From George Eliot’s menstruation references to Anne Brontë’s depiction of alcoholism, 19th-century literature is less uptight than you might think

Those who watched TV over the festive period could be forgiven for thinking that people in the past barely bothered to get dressed. In And Then There Were None, the BBC’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, we were treated to Aidan Turner, playing one of the chief suspects, naked and deliciously slippy in nothing but a bath towel. This weekend, in Andrew Davies’s version of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, brother and sister Hélène and Anatole Kuragin will be seen snuggling incestuously in bed.

Related: Incestuous affair 'crucial' to BBC's War and Peace series

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- Kathryn Hughes

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