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Phil Hogan on television: The Queen, Being Alan Bennett, Big Top | TV review

5 December 2009 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Phil Hogan enjoyed five hours with the Queen but not a night at the circus

I can't remember when I first started feeling sorry for the Queen. Was it the day I woke up to read in the Daily Mirror that she kept Tupperware in the house and ate cornflakes? Channel 4's excellent marathon docudrama The Queen didn't revisit that particular cruelty, but with such an abundant history of indignity to draw on you could hardly expect them to fit everything in, even with five hours to fill.

At times it looked as if the poor woman had had nothing but misery since 1952, though the real bad luck was landing the job as monarch just when the scrofulous masses were beginning to wonder whether England's world-beating class system was losing its glister after 900 years of having us all bowing and scraping while the posh had all the fun. It didn't »

- Phil Hogan

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