Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hurray. Bad News at Last!

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hurray. Bad News at Last!

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The Amazing Mrs Pritchard

9pm, BBC1

POLITICS just shouldn't be this exciting, enthuses one of the parliamentary aides in tonight's episode of the drama series.

Well, he can't have seen last week's flabby offering, that's for sure. That said, things are picking up and this lightweight political fantasy is on good form this week.

Perhaps it was the fact that, last time, everything was going right for Mrs Pritchard and that made it dull. Good news is never as much fun as bad (well, on TV at least).

Tonight's episode livens up when events take a downturn for Mrs P - in a gloriously large-scale way.

A scandalous new book, The Pritchard Perplex, not only 9pm, BBC1 lays into the fledgling Prime Minister, but also reveals a lot of private information which could only have been leaked from someone very close to the leader, meaning there's a traitor in the camp.

On top of this, a visiting dignitary suffers a tragedy on British soil and Mrs Pritchard's daughter Emily (wonderfully played by Carey Mulligan) has discussions about appearing nude in a top-shelf magazine.

Oh yes, and Mrs P's dull husband gets a bit upset about the state of their marriage (as well he might).

Meanwhile, on the political front, a decision has to be made with the Queen (Dilys Laye) on whether to move Parliament to Bradford. So it's all happening, and writer Sally Wainwright expertly keeps all the balls in the air, while throwing in a healthy dose of smart lines and gentle humour.

But at the heart of the drama is another excellent, performance by Jane Horrocks in the title role.

She was absolutely made for the part. Or vice versa.


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