Burton and Taylor
Mon Jul 22, 9-10.30pm, BBC4
West and Bonham-Carter do an impressive job of replicating the chemistry between the pair, without going for precise mimickry: both seem younger than the actors were at the time and the voices aren’t exact. It’s easy to get over this given the strong performances and script from William Ivory: this Burton takes the role of the thoughtful analyst, providing an articulate commentary on their relationship, while Taylor totters around delivering the one-liners.
Bonham-Carter doesn’t overplay it, though, and still brings pathos as the woman who reaches for the pills every time she hears a cross word - and who’s crushed to see her loved one slipping through her perfectly-manicured talons. There's more Liz and Dick action tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC4 with 'Cleopatra: the Film that Changed Hollywood'.
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