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Critical Reactions [Apr. 8th, 2013|04:17 pm]
Tony Grist
Charles Moore in the Telegraph thinks The Village is "twaddle". Peter Hitchens (who, as you know, I respect) hates it too.

Meanwhile Arifa Akbar at the Indy really likes it and Sam Wollaston at the Guardian quite likes it.

The response seems to be dividing along traditional right/left lines, which is odd because, as I've said in a comment, I don't see it as a particularly political piece of work. It depicts a society in turmoil, but without blackening the aristocratic old guard or white-washing the workers.

Does the right feel threatened by any depiction of its rural power base as less than idyllic? I suppose it must.

[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2013-04-08 08:21 pm (UTC)
Radio Times had a few choice words to say about it, too:

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-04-08 09:31 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I've tried Call the Midwife; it's soppy stuff. Downton doesn't attract me at all.
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[User Picture]From: trixibelle_net
2013-04-09 10:21 am (UTC)
To be honest I'm a big Leftie and I find it twaddle, too!
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