An intimate and emotional drama for BBC Two about the revolutionary Bloomsbury group.
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 Quentin Bell (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Saxon Sydney-Turner (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Leonard Woolf (2 episodes, 2015)
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 John Maynard Keynes (2 episodes, 2015)
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 George Bergen (2 episodes, 2015)
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Painted in circles
8 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Life in Squares is a confusing and dull three part period drama about the tangled love affairs of the Bloomsbury Group.

Virginia (Lydia Leonard) married Leonard Woolf (Al Weaver) who soon realises that she is mentally fragile, while her sister Vanessa (Phoebe Fox) turned her affections towards Duncan Grant (James Norton) who teams up with her and his male lover. In fact Grant is the love and leave em kind when it comes to male relationships.

As the drama progresses the younger actors are replaced by an older set of actors and the Bloomsbury group attitude towards free love and creativity gets bleaker as World War Two approaches and losses are felt.

Amanda Coe's script was not easy to follow and seemed sparse which explains why I felt bored and listless.

Scandinavian director Simon Kaijser goes for Nordic noir pacing and a murky look which did not work for this three parter that needed to be faster moving and brighter.


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