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    Too sad it’s coming so late.
    A month before and Foy would have had GG,CC and SAG Noms.

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    I’ve only seen the first episode so perhaps I’m being too premature here but HOLY SH*T Foy was absolutely electric. Like don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of her work as a thespian but depending on how the show progresses this might rival her performance in The Crown as the best in her career. The layers she brings to this performance is truly unlike anything she has ever done (and she’s a three time winner in my personal awards).

    I’ll also add that I’ve never really been that big a fan of Julia Davis in anything but she was such a captivating scene stealer in the opener and perfectly delivers her character’s caustic garbles.

    I’m mulling whether I want to binge the other two episodes in one go or if I should pace them out as they air on TV over the next two days. It feels like someone’s bought me a packet of Galaxy ripples and I’ve had the first one and got hooked.

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    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    Too sad it’s coming so late. A month before and Foy would have had GG,CC and SAG Noms.

    British Christmas TV scheduling >>> American awards

    Bill Hader and Barry in everything (2 babka)
    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing and directing

    Severance in drama series, writing, Adam Scott for best actor, Ben Stiller for drama directing, and the whole cast in supporting.

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    this might rival her performance in The Crown as the best in her career.

    That is some really big praise. You’ve now made me more intrigued than before to watch the show.

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     she’s a three time winner in my personal awards). 

    I should not ask this because she’s your fave, but what is it other than Wolf Hall and The Crown season 2?

    "The Lost Daughter" in every eligible category - Film
    "Succession" Season 3 in every eligible category - TV
    "Heaux Tales" by Jasmine Sullivan in every eligible category - Music

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    Too sad it’s coming so late. A month before and Foy would have had GG,CC and SAG Noms.

    It would still be ineligible I’d think. Foy can still happen next year if she and the show are a thing at the Emmys. WandaVision and Genius: Aretha were relatively early releases as well.

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    Will this be streaming anywhere in the US?

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    Will this be streaming anywhere in the US?

    Prime have the contract, but they haven’t dated it yet.

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    I finished this late last night but felt so tired to give a full review but yeah I stand by what I said about Foy! She’s really on full form here and it’s unlike anything she’s ever done. With the nature of Margaret’s character it would be easy for her to slip into a re-hash of her performances in Wolf Hall and The Crown but what she does here that distinguishes herself from her other period drama performances is that she doesn’t play Margaret just as if she is a woman from the 1960s. It’s almost as if it’s a timeless character which is what really helps you get invested in her as a viewer. Women who don’t fit a certain societal image (or in Margaret’s case commit an act like adultery) are shamed both in public and in the press all the time whilst their male counter-parts in similar situations go off scot free – even today. Margaret isn’t exactly a saint and at times she isn’t the most likeable character in the world and neither Foy’s performance nor Phelps’ script refrain from that. However as a viewer you can’t help but feel sorry for her because nothing she has done as a character is as cruel as the circumstances she finds herself in whether it’s with the shaming her character receives following the polaroid’s leak or the awful abusive relationship she’s in with the Duke. It kind of reminds me how on Lost you’re reminded that some of the people on the island are cocaine addicts, criminals and even murderers yet you can’t help but feel sorry for what has happened and happens to them on that island. Or how on The Handmaid’s Tale, June and Emily aren’t exactly the most moral of characters yet you can’t help but feel sorry for them because of their plight. Except here it’s not something as literal that causes the viewer to feel an emotional connection to Margaret during her troubles. It’s something so abstract and ongoing that it’s not until you reach the final episode where you really fully grasp the harrowing situation her character has been and the horror that we don’t seen on screen that follows the events depicted. 3 hour and 3 episode television series can often feel like one film dragged on but just like with A Very English Scandal, that isn’t the case here. There is a lot of growth, each episode stands out in its own and really as a whole everything is episodic.

    Considering I’m already on that topic I’d also like to add that I thought Sarah Phelps’ writing here was just absolutely fantastic. I’ve pretty much hated each of her Agatha Christie adaptations but I just thought each choice she made here was faultless. On the surface having around 90% of the story being told from Margaret’s perspective with a total of around 3 or 4 scenes being told from the Duke’s would feel uneven but it really made the show feel very much like it had a personal touch to it. There is so much we learn about these characters from scenes that have no dialogue.

    The crafts also are just absolutely exquisite. They’re almost like a character of their own on this show.

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    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    I finished this late last night but felt so tired to give a full review but yeah I stand by what I said about Foy! She’s really on full form here and it’s unlike anything she’s ever done. With the nature of Margaret’s character it would be easy for her to slip into a re-hash of her performances in Wolf Hall and The Crown but what she does here that distinguishes herself from her other period drama performances is that she doesn’t play Margaret just as if she is a woman from the 1960s. It’s almost as if it’s a timeless character which is what really helps you get invested in her as a viewer. Women who don’t fit a certain societal image (or in Margaret’s case commit an act like adultery) are shamed both in public and in the press all the time whilst their male counter-parts in similar situations go off scot free – even today. Margaret isn’t exactly a saint and at times she isn’t the most likeable character in the world and neither Foy’s performance nor Phelps’ script refrain from that. However as a viewer you can’t help but feel sorry for her because nothing she has done as a character is as cruel as the circumstances she finds herself in whether it’s with the shaming her character receives following the polaroid’s leak or the awful abusive relationship she’s in with the Duke. It kind of reminds me how on Lost you’re reminded that some of the people on the island are cocaine addicts, criminals and even murderers yet you can’t help but feel sorry for what has happened and happens to them on that island. Or how on The Handmaid’s Tale, June and Emily aren’t exactly the most moral of characters yet you can’t help but feel sorry for them because of their plight. Except here it’s not something as literal that causes the viewer to feel an emotional connection to Margaret during her troubles. It’s something so abstract and ongoing that it’s not until you reach the final episode where you really fully grasp the harrowing situation her character has been and the horror that we don’t seen on screen that follows the events depicted. 3 hour and 3 episode television series can often feel like one film dragged on but just like with A Very English Scandal, that isn’t the case here. There is a lot of growth, each episode stands out in its own and really as a whole everything is episodic. Considering I’m already on that topic I’d also like to add that I thought Sarah Phelps’ writing here was just absolutely fantastic. I’ve pretty much hated each of her Agatha Christie adaptations but I just thought each choice she made here was faultless. On the surface having around 90% of the story being told from Margaret’s perspective with a total of around 3 or 4 scenes being told from the Duke’s would feel uneven but it really made the show feel very much like it had a personal touch to it. There is so much we learn about these characters from scenes that have no dialogue. The crafts also are just absolutely exquisite. They’re almost like a character of their own on this show.

    How is Bettany?

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    How is Bettany?

    Very good! He has a smaller amount of screen time and prominence than he did in WandaVision but he’s just absolutely gripping (and rather terrifying) in every scene in this that he’s in. His character is kind of a villain (a bit like Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies) but there’s just so much nuance that Bettany brings to the role that even though you absolutely hate his character and he’s a bastard, you can understand how he’s become this horrible.

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    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    Very good! He has a smaller amount of screen time and prominence than he did in WandaVision but he’s just absolutely gripping (and rather terrifying) in every scene in this that he’s in. His character is kind of a villain (a bit like Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies) but there’s just so much nuance that Bettany brings to the role that even though you absolutely hate his character and he’s a bastard, you can understand how he’s become this horrible.

    Thanks bestie, he is kind of amazing and underrated, hope they push him in supporting and wins

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