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Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama , History | TV Movie 19 June 2006
George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant, cook Robinson. Only the friendship of the unpopular Hanoverian heir and ... See full summary »

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Philippa Lowthorpe

Writers:

Simon Bent (screenplay), Ian Kelly (biography)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Purefoy ... Beau Brummell
Hugh Bonneville ... Prince Regent
Phil Davis ... Master Servant Robinson
Elliot Levey ... Tailor
John Telfer John Telfer ... Fop
Tim Hudson Tim Hudson ... Fop
Zoe Telford ... Julia
Justin Salinger ... Richard Meyler
Nicholas Rowe ... Lord Charles Manners
Ian Kelly Ian Kelly ... Lord Robert Manners
Jonathan Aris ... Marquis of Worcester
Daniel Fine Daniel Fine ... Cloth Merchant
Nick Richards Nick Richards ... Snuff Merchant
Anthony Calf ... Duke of York
Matthew Rhys ... Lord Byron
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George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant, cook Robinson. Only the friendship of the unpopular Hanoverian heir and Prince Regent, George, Prince of Wales, who acclaims Brummel's fashionable invention, dandy-ism, keeps the creditors from his back, even allows him unconditional credit. Alas a triangle with lady Julia and the equally dubious poet Lord Byron ends up costing him the prince's favor, so his debts come bite him with a vengeance. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

BBC America | BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beau Brummell See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The white gown with beaded trim on the sleeves and down the front worn by a guest at the party where Brummel meets Byron is the same costume worn by Morven Christie (Jane Bennet) for the wedding in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

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Gay but good
14 August 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

If you've ever wondered why billions of office peons worldwide dress in the same ridiculous outfit of dirt-attracting white shirt, pointless and suffocating tie and a suit which makes them look like their dead grandfathers and requires air conditioning in half of the world, then here's your culprit: an 18. century Englishman going by the wonderfully far-out name of Beau Brummel. Mind you, his dandy style was a great improvement over the earlier fops, which comprised cake makeup, sultry f*ck-me perfume, whigs and high heels, stuff that just goes a lot better with women.

Anyway, that's who this excellent BBC docudrama is about. It's set in a strange, dystopic world of not-so-long-ago and not-so-far-away, Regency England. It's just a joy to watch, it really takes you there. It's good on details too, such as the muted candle-lightning (Jupiter floodlights being thin on the ground in this era). It's superbly acted, teaches you a lot about the mood of the time, and entertains you all the while. It changed my image of Beau Brummel from caricature to flesh and blood.


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