Rewind TV: Luck; Lucian Freud: Painted Life; Big Fat Gypsy Weddings – review

Dustin Hoffman takes the reins in Sky Atlantic's hotly tipped horse-racing drama, but after two episodes there's already ground to make up

Luck (Sky Atlantic)

Lucian Freud: Painted Life (BBC2) | iPlayer

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (C4) | 4oD

Set in and around a California horse-racing track, Luck, Sky Atlantic's latest star-encrusted Us drama, might be another example of brilliant American television, to rank alongside The Sopranos and The Wire, or a piece of beautifully filmed and immaculately acted nonsense. It's hard to tell. Or rather, it's hard to hear.

Any show that features Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte was always going to make large demands on the listening viewer. Hoffman is one of the great mumblers of modern cinema, and, outside of the animal kingdom, Nolte is unrivalled as a growler.

But it's not just them. Every character talks as if intelligibility were a sin. Nor is it simply a matter of articulation.
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