The Story of the Costume Drama: Season 1, Episode 2

The Stars (2 Dec. 2008)

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Costume dramas ignited young performers' careers and benefited from the glow of established stars. Alex Kingston's Moll Flanders led her to ER, and Keira Knightley's Lara in Doctor Zhivago got Hollywood calling.

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Robert Giddings ...
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Rory Connor (archive footage)
Frances Grey ...
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The power of the genre to create new stars - or to spur existing stars on to create some of their most powerful performances. From Mansfield Park's Billie Piper to Helen Mirren in Elizabeth and My Boy Jack's Daniel Radcliffe to Keira Knightley's TV debut in Doctor Zhivago we speak to the stars themselves as well as their fellow actors about what it takes to create these iconic characters on screen - and the rigours of working on such demanding shows. Written by Anonymous

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Herself - Narrator: So what is it that sets a memorable leading actor above all others?
Nina Sosanya: A leading man has to be charming.
Charity Wakefield: I think he's got to be a little bit heroic.
Daniela Denby-Ashe: Having that moody, sort of dark, handsome look...
Charity Wakefield: Got to look good in tight trousers.
Sharon Marshall: Sean Bean - trousers on or off - fabulous.
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