sat 19/10/2019

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The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography, Queen's Gallery

Many of the images will be all too familiar. Captain Scott writing a diary in his quarters. Three of Shackleton’s men scrubbing below decks. The Endurance lit up in the long polar night. The ice cave shaped like an italic teardrop and shot from...

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Timeshift: The Picture Postcard World of Nigel Walmsley, BBC Four

Declaring that “everything in the world exists to end up on a postcard” is pretty courageous. But after watching the charming, gently funny Picture Postcard World of Nigel Walmsley you begin thinking that maybe, just maybe, everything was created to...

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theartsdesk MOT: The Railway Children, Waterloo Station

This warm-hearted production of E Nesbit’s most famous novel premiered to glowing reviews at its site-specific venue last summer. I didn‘t catch it last year, but I doubt this swift revival is any less captivating, nor the new cast any less sure-...

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The Secrets of Scott's Hut, BBC Two

Captain Scott's doomed 1910-1913 expedition to the South Pole has become one of the enduring myths of the later British Empire, a paradigm of pluck, grit and a refusal to surrender in the teeth of hideous odds. Subsequently, some historical...

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Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask, BBC Four

Where is the real Elgar to be found – in his boisterous self-portrait at the end of the Enigma Variations, the warm, feminine sentiment of the Violin Concerto and the First Symphony’s Adagio, or the nightmares of the Second Symphony? No doubt in...

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Downton Abbey: The Finale, ITV1

Defying predictions that there would be no audience for a period costume drama set in an Edwardian country house, Downton Abbey has become the TV event of 2010. Episode one notched 11.6 million viewers (including repeats and ITV Player viewings),...

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TV Gallery: Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith Violet, Dowager Countress of GranthamHugh Bonneville Robert, Earl of GranthamPenelope Wilton Mrs Isobel CrawleyDan Stevens Matthew CrawleyMichelle Dockery Lady Mary CrawleyTheo James Kemal PamukJim Carter Mr CarsonBrendan Coyle Mr...

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Downton Abbey, ITV1

With the BBC still in the middle of shooting their revival of Upstairs, Downstairs, ITV1 have nipped in ahead of them with Julian Fellowes's spiffing new sundown-on-the-aristocracy drama. In a battle of the stage dames, the Beeb has bagged Eileen...

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