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TV Watch: The Great Fire

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When I was teaching, I once set a class of young boys the task of writing about certain events in the seventeenth century as they might be reported in a newspaper. One effort began with the striking headline:
PLAUGE WIPPED OUT BY FIRE!

My sweet lads. They couldn't spell but they could have made as good a fist at writing historical drama as those responsible for yesterday’s first episode of ITV’s The Great Fire. The hero, Thomas Farriner the baker (Andrew Buchan), was completely modern in looks and speech. The one convincing character was the fictional Lord Denton, played by Charles Dance; the only actor who managed not to look a complete idiot in a wig. Really, it was laughable. And why must all historical dramas impose modern sensibilities on the past? Downton is the worst culprit but it’s true of all of them.

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Sounds like that boy had a successful career ahead of him in the Daily Mail. :-)
Heh! Don't you mean The Grauniad?
At least the lad had the right idea :) I didn't watch The Great Fire and probably won't bother as I have stuff queued up to watch.
ISTR it was a good piece of work!

As for the Fire, I wouldn't bother.
Puts me in mind of that wonderful ISIHAC game where Graham Garden reported on the fire in the style of a Radio 4 announcer. So funny, finishing with something like, "Well, there may be a fire, but there are some glum faces at Brookfield…"
Heh! I love ISIHAC.
You taught Molesworth?!
Heh!

You couldn't get much further from a prep school than that one.