VOLUMINOUS VICTORIAN pinafore parade courtesy of template BBC adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett tome. Main character Mary (SARAH HOLLIS ANDREWS) gets evacuated from India and sent to live with her obligatory creepy uncle in an obligatory large country house. Teams up with unfortunately-named Dickon (ANDREW HARRISON) the gardener’s son and Colin (DAVID PATTERSON), her cousin, who is dying from TB. Together they recreate the “secret” garden as a place to, somewhat implausibly, bring Colin to help him get better. And that’s it.Read More
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Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Perhaps vying with The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse as the programme Creamguide’s billed more than any other, we have no hesitation in billing it yet again as it embarks on another repeat run, especially given it’s the first for a couple of years. In fact we’d argue it’s probably BBC4’s signature show, brilliantly summing up all that’s great about the channel and its wry take on social history, and you can do far worse than enjoy it again over the next three nights.
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