Walk­ing The Dogs

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - FOOD & DRINK - Nigel An­drew

In a week full of tributes to the Bri­tish monarch, this short drama is, in its wry way, per­haps the most elo­quent and il­lu­mi­nat­ing of them all. Emma Thompson (above) plays Queen El­iz­a­beth II in a drama­tised ac­count of the oc­ca­sion in 1982 when Michael Fa­gan, a 32-year-old Lon­doner, scaled the gar­den wall at Buck­ing­ham Palace and had a wan­der around be­fore mak­ing his way to her be­d­room. Eddie Marsan plays the in­truder, a man whose life is in a mess and who needs some­one to talk to. Es­sen­tially, the play is a two-han­der, with a lit­tle comic busi­ness from Rus­sell Tovey as the cocky foot­man ex­er­cis­ing the cor­gis. Thompson and Marsan are pitch-per­fect, and what emerges is a touch­ing, funny drama. Thurs­day, 9pm, Sky Arts 1.

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