(Richard Lax­ton, 2014) 9pm, BBC Two

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The fa­mously un­con­sum­mated mar­riage of as­cetic art critic John Ruskin and his young bride Effie Gray is the sub­ject of this hand­some pe­riod drama. Emma Thomp­son’s in­tel­li­gent script plonks Effie (Dakota Fan­ning) in an op­pres­sive Vic­to­rian so­ci­ety where she strug­gles against Greg Wise’s Ruskin and his hor­ren­dous mother (Julie Wal­ters). For­tu­nately, Effie has the sup­port of painter John Everett Mil­lais (Tom Stur­ridge) and Thomp­son’s Lady East­lake.

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