The ten best things about BBC's new series Versailles
A no-spoiler promise.
- •The costumesIt'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.
- •The settingIt's lavish, it's expensive, it's heavy on the CGI. The interiors are actual Versailles, and it's dreamy.
- •The budgetApparently double the budget of Downton. And it shows. £20 million in fact. 12% of that went on costumes.
- •The historyYes, I'm a geek. I have to watch alone because I need complete silence to devour every second without interruption. Shush now.
- •The poutingIt's very sexy. This is a series full of beautiful people. No uglies allowed.
- •The sexThey 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...
- •The hairSo much hair. It wouldn't surprise me if a third of the budget was spent on this alone.
- •The title sequenceMusic 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.
- •The twistsThe shocker at the end of episode one was a good one, but throughout there are surprises, good and bad.
- •Series 2Already being filmed.