3 items from 2015
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1.1 The Friends Of English Magic
If, like members of the fusty York Society Of Magicians, you needed proof that magic has been restored to England, that episode was it. Forget bringing half a hundred statues to life, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has pulled off an even unlikelier feat: bringing quality grown-up fantasy to UK television.
Susanna Clarke’s source novel was a canny choice for the task. Its Regency setting plays to the BBC’s period drama strengths and grounds the seven-part series in a recognisable context for any viewers who might ordinarily run a mile at the word ‘faerie’.
In an almost exact facsimile of the Royal Television Society awards earlier this year, the leading actress category throbs with talented women, three stalwarts and one wild card. Georgina Campbell, who starred in Murdered by my Boyfriend for BBC3, is definitely the outsider but a worthy nominee for her performance as a young woman in an abusive relationship. It was brutal, unflinching and a difficult watch, but Campbell’s work stands alongside Olivia Colman’s in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur in terms of commitment and detail.
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- Julia Raeside
Olivia Colman has said that she is worried viewers will become "fed up" with seeing her cry.
In an interview with Vogue, Colman explained: "I have a sneaking suspicion that audiences have seen me crying a little bit too often in the past couple of years.
"And if people get really fed up with me, then I won't get more work. And if I can't do what I love, then I will shrivel up and die.
"If something touches me, I cry. That's it. I'm a bit raw, a bit rubbish really. Often a director will say to me, 'I don't think this is a scene where your character cries'. And all I can say is, 'Good luck with that!'"
Colman, who portrays police officer Ellie Miller in Broadchurch, »
3 items from 2015
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