The Help

FILM / times vary / BBC2

TV Times - - Friday -

The cast is amaz­ing, the story heart­felt and the 1960s Deep South set­ting rings true. Per­haps that’s enough to gloss over some­thing miss­ing at the heart of this story about a white civil rights ac­tivist (Emma Stone) set­ting down in writ­ing the day-to-day lives of her maid and other black do­mes­tics. That some­thing is the lives of the black women them­selves. Though su­perb ac­tors like Oc­tavia Spencer and Vi­ola Davis put their all into mak­ing un­der­writ­ten char­ac­ters be­lie­ve­able, it’s the likes of Jes­sica Chas­tain, Bryce Dal­las Howard and Sissy Spacek – all also su­perb – who carry the drama. Watch it for the act­ing.

Emma Stone, Oc­tavia Spencer and Vi­ola Davis star

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