BIRD­SONG, ABC1, 8.30pm

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Sunday -

STEPHEN (Eddie Red­mayne, pic­tured) is in love with Is­abelle (Cle­mence Poesy). It’s 1910 and they spend lan­guid af­ter­noons on the river, where there are no mos­qui­toes, but there is Is­abelle’s hus­band, who’s a brute and sneers at poverty, but Is­abelle wears pas­tel muslin, and Stephen whit­tles. And then some­times it’s 1916 and Stephen’s in the trenches, where he’s re­garded as a cold, queer one. The end? If only.

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