It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in tight breeches must be in want of a large TV audience. I know, I know … a shameful paraphrasing of Jane Austen but there were plenty of men in breeches, cravats and togas on show in this week’s ITV3 offering, The History of the Costume Drama. Five programmes charted the success of British TV costume drama over the last 50 years and clips from the famous (and obscure) adapations which have graced our TV screens were interpersed with cast and crew interviews. Riveting stuff, and how wonderful to see interviews with the delectable Richard Armitage, who played John Thornton in the 2004 version of North and South, and Ross Poldark himself, Robin Ellis, still looking very dashing.
All five programmes will be available for up to 30 days on ITV’s catch up facility