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Brilliant and utterly compeĺling must see
on 24 September 2017
This is a work of total brilliance. I watched it first on tv and I knew at the time I would want to watch again and again. Scharma has become a total hero of mine. He is unashamedly and openly subjective and brings a massively creative and thoughtful analysis. Most of all, he is a rivetting and compelling storyteller. I couldn't possibly describe all that there is here, but I do urge you to see for yourself. One overwhelming theme runs throughout. Appropriately this can be loosely summed up as "What does it mean to be British?".Scharma's answer to this appears to be a loosely defined and slightly nebulous concept of freedom. The whole project for me is justified by the brilliant final episode in which he draws an improbable parallel between Churchill and Orwell, the interesting and provoking conclusion that, for all their differences, if the final conclusion of history is patriotism they would both be content. British freedom the gift to the world. Well, maybe or maybe not, but it remains one of the most beautiful and moving pieces of tv I have ever seen. One final thought, I'd love to see a similar piece on the 2 Blairs, Eric & Tony!