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Period dramas: we might want the frocks but spare us the corsets

It may not be based on a 19th century novel but The Hour is yet another example of our national obsession with re-imagined histories. British television schedules are dominated by period dramas: the past 12 months alone have brought us Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, The Crimson Petal and the White, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, South Riding, Garrow’s Law and The Night Watch, not to mention endless repeats of Jane Austen adaptations. In short: we can’t…

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