Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Superb Tale of Lord Jim and a Killer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Superb Tale of Lord Jim and a Killer

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Byline: By Liz Lamb

Longford Channel 4

What an excellent drama and a superb piece of acting from Jim Broadbent.

Based on real events, the television veteran portrayed Lord Longford passionately and sensitively, and didn't he look convincing too?

The make-up artists did a fine job ageing him beyond his years.

I hadn't heard of Longford's staunch campaign to free Myra Hindley until I watched this TV drama. It was thought-provoking and fascinating.

Broadbent definitely put on one of the best performances in British drama this year.

You had to feel for Longford as he was lied to and eventually rejected by Hindley, despite years of campaigning for her release, to the detriment of his own family.

There were also exceptional performances from Samantha Morton as Hindley and Andy Serkis as the seriously-creepy Brady.

Who would have thought that the voice of Gollum would turn out to be a great dramatic actor too?

Morton has been criticised for her decision to play Hindley but she deserves to be commended for such an exceptional performance.

At first Morton, who has a five-year-old daughter, had not even wanted to look at the script never mind act in the drama.

But eventually she decided to play the child killer, believing it was her duty as a performer to raise issues people were afraid to look at.

And I'm very glad she did.

Brilliant.

GOLDPLATED Channel 4

I really don't get this.

Hailed as a cross between Footballers' Wives and Shameless, and launched in a frenzy of billboard advertising and media previews, it just doesn't live up to the hype.

Tackier and less tasteful than Footballer's Wives, (if you can imagine that), and not even a smidgen as good as Shameless, Goldplated seems to have fallen on its nouveau rich derriere.

Just where is it going? …

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