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How to Be Edwardian


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New. Classical actor Nicholas Craig explores how best to portray the rigours of Edwardian behaviour.

Nicholas Craig, Nigel Planer's spoof luvvie, revives his occasional series of acting masterclasses. Planer skips gaily between affection and cruelty in his mockery of period drama, as Craig - star of Kidneys on the Sideboard - covers such tenets of Edwardian acting as smoking, discombobulation and playing David Lloyd George.

The clips are weepingly funny, but bigger laughs come from Craig's indiscreet links, with their poorly concealed avarice and one-upmanship. This is one of the funniest comedies on the box: silly but clever, breezy but assiduously crafted. (Jack Seale)


Performer: Nigel Planer

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How to Be Edwardian

BBC Four, 12 May 2007 21.30

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