Season 6 Episode 1 of Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife: Pain and Terror

A battered wife tries to free herself, only to find that the 60s weren’t too kind to women seeking a divorce. There’s change afoot at Nonnatus as Julienne is unceremoniously demoted in favour of the hard line Sister Ursula, Cynthia battles trauma, and Shelagh gets some very unexpected news. Continue reading Call the Midwife: Pain and Terror

The Crown: Gloriana

Why is it that so many biopics of famous queens end essentially the same way? With that queen, having struggled so long with the duty/personal life balance, fully embracing her own iconic image? Setting aside the personal stuff, putting the duty first and foremost, even to her own unhappiness and that of those closest to her, and becoming The Symbol? Watching the end of this last episode of The Crown, I was strongly reminded of the last scenes of Elizabeth.

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The Crown: Assassins

You know what a biopic about Queen Elizabeth totally needs? An episode that’s almost entirely about Winston Churchill getting his portrait painted.

Seriously.

Elizabeth’s whole story here was relegated to the minutae of racehorse breeding and more Prince Philip being a douchebag fratboy asshole while we spent ages with Churchill, watching him give painting advice to a professional artist (dilletante-splaining?), and then throw a tantrum when he doesn’t like how the painting turns out. Because–OMG!–it actually portrays what he really looks like.

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