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ITV1's new period drama 'falls somewhere between diverting twaddle and humourless hoopla', and Slade get serious

"I don't like the girl and I'm not going to marry her!" huffs Lord Walderhurst, puffing his privileged cheeks and dismissing another crestfallen flibbertigibbet with a swish of his widower's handkerchief. Aunt Maria is aghast. "Who cares which girl you marry," she snaps, bustle crackling with indignation. "You are an unattached marquess. It is your duty to marry again and get an heir!"

At this point, when faced with such period-specific umbrage, it is customary for one to insert one's monocle and refer to one's dog-eared copy of The Crashingly Inevitable Downton Abbey Comparisons Companion. And on first appearances The Making Of A Lady (Sunday, 8pm, ITV1) – a feature-length adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Making Of A Marchioness – seems to invite such comparisons with open arms. There are costumes. There is a stately country house. »

- Sarah Dempster

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