There is a certain joyful glee upon the face of Dr. Richard Clay as he talks of revolution and the overthrowing of church and state in B.B.C. 4’s The French Revolution: Tearing Up History. It isn’t the smile of a man revelling in the blood and gore of history but rather the knowledge that art and perhaps its wilful destruction during times of great political upheaval, is a doorway to understanding the past that can only be rivalled through its literature and music.
Cast: Tom Burke, Peter Capaldi, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Annabelle Wallis, Alexandra Dowling, Ryan Gage, Tamla Kari, Maimie McCoy, John Lynch, Hugo Speer, Alice Sanders, Hannah Sharp, Richard Hawley, Christian Jenner, Brian Pettifer.
A Rebellious Woman or a woman who understood the complexity of wanting equality in an age of misogyny and pathetic fear in wondering what education would do to a female mind. Not an episode set in the current era, nor back in the dark days of 1970s Britain in which sexism was incredibly rife but in the days of France in which the rule of law was not in the lap of the King as is supposed but in that of the Cardinal and of the Church.
Cast: Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Amy Nuttall, Tara Fitzgerald, Ryan Gage, Alexandra Dowling, Hugo Speer, Tamla Kari, Ben Adams, David Burke, Michael Kucera, Simon Merrells, Phil Snowden, Curtis Matthew, Madelyn Marcella.
When your biggest enemy is your mother you really have problems. When she is plotting to bring about your downfall and replace you with someone younger, more pliable and easily moulded to her will, then your problems become seemingly insurmountable and terrifying.
Cast: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Lisa McGrillis, Lucy Cohu, Poppy Lee Frair, Michael Socha, Simon Greenall, Lewis Reeves, Jack Deam, Dale Meeks, Ralph Ineson, Simon Hubbard, Jane Elizabeth Walsh, Jaqueline Philips, Anna Bolton, Nicholas Rowe, Rick Warden.
Cast: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Lisa McGrillis, Lee Boardman, Andrea Lowe, Pixie Lott, Lisa Riley, Isabelle Walters, Jodie Comer, Neil McDermott, Sean Kenney, Amelia Young.
The dying days of the 1960s saw the start of the decline of the family holiday parks as the British remembered them. They were going to have to modernise or become ancient history; they were going to have to compete with the cheap family holidays that were becoming the norm as venues in Spain were becoming tourist traps for the British holidaymaker. What wouldn’t have helped is a murder on the doorstep and the police in the shape of crusty cove George Gently investigating and poking his methodical nose into every nook and cranny.
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Joseph Mawle, Clive Russell, David Wilmot, Anton Lesser, Damien Molony Gillian Saker, Nicholas Woodeson, Tom Brook, Elva Trill, Paul Ready, David Dawson.
The past certainly is another country, not only do they do things differently there, but when it comes to Victorian society and the way they treated the more unfortunate members of society it may as well be on a land mass on a another planet in a far off galaxy.
The name, the very thought of his face and the way he was even able to clear the pubs of any custom at his absolute peak, is enough to remember Tony Hancock for what he was, a genius of comedy, the master of stalled look at camera in which he carried a nations funny bone for over a decade until his untimely death in Australia in 1968.
Cast: Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Warwick Davis, Tazmin Outhwaite, Eve de Leon Allen, Kassius Carey Johnson, Jason Watkins, Eloise Joseph, Will Merrick, Clavin Dean, Zahra Ahmadi, Aiden Cook, Nicolas Briggs.
The Doctor is never better when he is the only lunatic in the room, the mad man completely outside of his box fighting against himself, for there really can be no victor, the Timelord is not triumphant and in the penultimate episode of the series, Nightmare in Silver, that rage that he keeps well hidden is finally able to come out and play for a while.
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Lucy Cohu, David Dawson, Ruta Gudmintas, Rebecca Grimes, Linal Haft, Amanda Hale, Charlene McKenna, Kristian Nairn, David Oakes, Clive Russell.
The final episode of Ripper Street, What Use Our Work, made sure the Victorian crime drama finished on a stunning high. With Chief Inspector Fred Abberline, portrayed by Clive Russell, so sure that he has finally caught the infamous Jack the Ripper that he is blinded by unreason, unsound evidence and professional grief to see that Captain Homer Jackson was innocent of the brutal murders that stalked London’s Whitechapel in 1888.
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Janet Montgomery, Angel Coulby, Sam Troughton, Jacqueline Bisset, Joanna Vanderham, Anthony Head, Jenna-Louise Coleman, John Goodman, Mel Smith, Allan Corduner, Mike Brett, Oroh Angiama, Jane Asher, Jamie Crew, Trevor Edwards, Austin Hardiman, Tom Hughes, Cosimo Keita, Neville Malcolm, Wunmi Mosaku, Jay Phelps, Caroline Quentin, Miles Richardson, Chris Storr, Steve Williamson, Emily Joyce.