Jodie Comer struggles with the old script


In the recovery Alan Bennett Talking Heads (BBC One), the BBC has found a series of perfect lock. No need to worry about two metres from the rule here, with a cast of one. But not all of them are perfect for the year 2020.His Great fortune is the first misstep of the series. Here was Jodie Comer, the actress of the minute, struggling with a script that is preserved in aspic. It was just plain strange to have Comer of the character, Lesley, talking about a “fork breakfast” in an episode of the Crossroads.

The dated feeling was not only in the small details. Lesley wore a pair of acid wash jeans, the anchor of the episode firmly in 1988 (when it was first shown), but she spoke with an accent that sounded more from the 1950s. I get that she was playing an actress putting on an actressy voice, which has been progressively stripped, but it was still not quite right. And then there was the central scenario, in which Lesley has been thrown into a kind of soft porn film. Sorry to say, but the idea of soft porn now seems strangely quaint.

Julie Walters has been a decade of more that Came when she played this role in the original broadcast. She gave him the pathos and the comedy, starting out as a bubbly, optimistic; Comer played Lesley as grief-stricken from the start, so there is little sense of the character down.


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