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The White Queen; Agatha Christie's Marple – TV review

16 June 2013 11:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

History as soft porn with Elizabeth and Edward, the phwoars of the roses

Beautiful, demure, blond Elizabeth stands under a magnificent great English oak tree waiting for a man. He arrives, on a proud grey war horse, and removes his helmet. Heeeeelloooo ladies. He's the king, Edward the phwoarth. Well, he says he's the king; others say someone else – Henry – is the king. It's complicated: the wars of the roses are going on, and this is The White Queen (BBC1, Sunday), adapted from the novels of Philippa Gregory.

There's instant chemistry between Edward and Elizabeth; surely it won't be long before there's biology too. Well look at them – she's heaving and pouting and blushing, while doing her damnedest to maintain her demurity. He's tearing off her clothes with his eyes; this young man has a reputation (take-'em-to-beddy-Eddie they call him in court – behind his back, obviously, otherwise it's off-with-your-heady »

- Sam Wollaston

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Robert Webb: a peep into the future

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

Heard the one about what you're meant to do after 20 years in one of Britain's most popular double-acts? Robert Webb's not yet sure of the punchline

Robert Webb arrives at the pub not looking much like a man who's later having his photo taken for a national newspaper: there's a hole in the knee of his jeans and two more in the elbow of his cardigan. He suggests we sit outside so we can smoke, which endears him to me enormously. When I offer to go to the bar, he eschews mineral water, instead asking plaintively, "Can I have a proper drink?" and ordering a pint of lager, which endears him to me even more.

Webb is friendly and funny and extremely likeable, but he seems unnecessarily worried about how he's going to come across in print. He says he doesn't like the kind of interviews in which journalists »

- Alexis Petridis

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