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Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior – review: a vital corrective on the Maid of Orleans

26 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dr Helen Castor stripped away the layers of myth and legend to give us the barest, cleanest bones of this astonishing story

My image of Joan of Arc lies somewhere between the black and white photograph of Dorothy Tutin on the front of my A-level copy of Jean Anouilh’s The Lark and Milla Jovovich gangling androgynously through Luc Besson’s The Messenger. For all those similarly in need of correction on the subject of the Maid of Orleans, last night was our night.

In Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior (BBC2), Dr Helen Castor stripped away the accreted layers of subsequent interpretation, myth and legend to give us the barest, cleanest bones she could of what is, even at its sparest, an astonishing story. Deep in the 100 Years’ War and the Armagnac countryside, a teenage peasant girl hears the voice of God and his angels telling her to »

- Lucy Mangan

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Geraldine McEwan: mischievously witty, from Mrs Malaprop to Miss Marple

1 February 2015 4:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

McEwan, who has died aged 82, excelled in an extraordinary range of roles, always displaying impeccable timing

Related: Geraldine McEwan obituary

My first sighting of Geraldine McEwan was as Olivia in Peter Hall’s 1958 Stratford Twelfth Night. At the time Olivia tended to be played as a figure of mature grief: McEwan was young, sparky, witty and clearly brimming with desire for Dorothy Tutin’s pageboy Viola. In contrast, one of my last impressions of McEwan was as the frisky, quivering Old Woman in Simon McBurney’s brilliant 1997 revival of Ionesco’s The Chairs.

Related: Geraldine McEwan: life and times – in pictures

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- Michael Billington

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