- Andrew Marrs: The Making of Modern Britain review by JD
A historical portrait of a period in time is a difficult thing to achieve. Do you concentrate on politics, fashions, art, science, religion, crime, scandal or discovery or a bit of everything? Too much of everything risks being chaotic and disjointed. Some things are better documented than others and therefore more accurately recalled, some are more photogenic.
This attempt for me is a poor pic'n'mix of salacious news stories, light entertainment and politics. How Rolls had to travel to Manchester to meet Royce was quite interesting, watching Marr being driven in a Silver Ghost uninteresting, in fact there is far too much of Marr's face altogether. Just because he wrote this hotchpotch doesn't mean he is the best to present it, nor do I wish to gaze endlessly at him.
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