A no-spoiler promise.
  1. The costumes
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    It's hard not to notice the superb costuming. I get a bit excited about period costume. And this is on another level. At every point, I have to resist doing the thrilled hand clapping thing. Right now, I want to go back and watch episode 2, just to marvel at the embroidery.
  2. The setting
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    It's lavish, it's expensive, it's heavy on the CGI. The interiors are actual Versailles, and it's dreamy.
  3. The budget
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    Apparently double the budget of Downton. And it shows. £20 million in fact. 12% of that went on costumes.
  4. The history
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    Yes, I'm a geek. I have to watch alone because I need complete silence to devour every second without interruption. Shush now.
  5. The pouting
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    It's very sexy. This is a series full of beautiful people. No uglies allowed.
  6. The sex
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    They get naked. A lot. And there appear to be no boundaries. Nobody cares if you shag the same sex, the opposite sex, your brother's wife, the servants...
  7. The hair
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    So much hair. It wouldn't surprise me if a third of the budget was spent on this alone.
  8. The title sequence
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    Music by M83 and a graphic, contemporary title sequence really shows the French influence of this Anglo-French production. When that music builds, so does the excitement. Beautiful.
  9. The twists
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    The shocker at the end of episode one was a good one, but throughout there are surprises, good and bad.
  10. Series 2
    Already being filmed.