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Rewind TV: Burton and Taylor; Why Don't You Speak English?; Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes – review

27 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They didn't quite look the part but Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter brought chemistry to BBC4's final biopic

Burton and Taylor (BBC4) | iPlayer

Why Don't You Speak English? (C4) | 4oD

Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes (C4) | 4oD

Dominic West was wonderful, yes, and Helena Bonham Carter too, yes, yes, but the main thing to be said about Burton and Taylor was: what a shame. Such a shame that this phenomenal strand of BBC4 biopics ended there and then, thanks to "budget cuts". They'd done Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock, Enid Blyton and many others, lives unwrapped with forensic writerly skill, and some magnificent acting, and, yes, a hefty salting of dramatic licence – and yet, throughout, somehow each one netted and skewered the soul of the character in question. The 20th century, in Britain, had at least another three dozen ripe characters to offer up, and now it won't happen. »

- Euan Ferguson

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Rewind TV: Burton and Taylor; Why Don't You Speak English?; Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes – review

27 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

They didn't quite look the part but Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter brought chemistry to BBC4's final biopic

Burton and Taylor (BBC4) | iPlayer

Why Don't You Speak English? (C4) | 4oD

Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes (C4) | 4oD

Dominic West was wonderful, yes, and Helena Bonham Carter too, yes, yes, but the main thing to be said about Burton and Taylor was: what a shame. Such a shame that this phenomenal strand of BBC4 biopics ended there and then, thanks to "budget cuts". They'd done Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock, Enid Blyton and many others, lives unwrapped with forensic writerly skill, and some magnificent acting, and, yes, a hefty salting of dramatic licence – and yet, throughout, somehow each one netted and skewered the soul of the character in question. The 20th century, in Britain, had at least another three dozen ripe characters to offer up, and now it won't happen. »

- Euan Ferguson

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Rewind TV: Burton and Taylor; Why Don't You Speak English?; Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes – review

27 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They didn't quite look the part but Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter brought chemistry to BBC4's final biopic

Burton and Taylor (BBC4) | iPlayer

Why Don't You Speak English? (C4) | 4oD

Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes (C4) | 4oD

Dominic West was wonderful, yes, and Helena Bonham Carter too, yes, yes, but the main thing to be said about Burton and Taylor was: what a shame. Such a shame that this phenomenal strand of BBC4 biopics ended there and then, thanks to "budget cuts". They'd done Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock, Enid Blyton and many others, lives unwrapped with forensic writerly skill, and some magnificent acting, and, yes, a hefty salting of dramatic licence – and yet, throughout, somehow each one netted and skewered the soul of the character in question. The 20th century, in Britain, had at least another three dozen ripe characters to offer up, and now it won't happen. »

- Euan Ferguson

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3 items from 2013


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