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(12A) IN AN early scene of Mike Leigh’s his­tor­i­cal drama, an ex­hausted mother (Max­ine Peake) pre­sides over her brood in Manch­ester with stoic re­solve as the bit­ter cup of op­pres­sion over­flows in the cor­ri­dors of West­min­ster.

“Times is too hard to lose hope. Hope is all we’ve got,” pro­fesses the ma­tri­arch as neigh­bours pre­pare to take to the streets for a prodemoc­racy rally in Missed it at the cin­ema or on TV? We round up the best stream­ing and DVD re­leases of the week de­fi­ance of the rul­ing Tory gov­ern­ment.

Her words re­ver­ber­ate through­out Peter­loo, an im­pas­sioned call to arms across the class di­vide which builds with sick­en­ing in­evitabil­ity to the 1819 mas­sacre of pro­test­ers at St Peter’s Field in Manch­ester, which Leigh recre­ates with all of the sound and fury he can muster.

The cav­alry charge should be emo­tion­ally shat­ter­ing but it’s a strug­gle to find faces in the crowd that au­di­ences will care about.

Max­ine Peake as Nel­lie

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