Bridgerton: soft porn and fancy dress

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Bridgerton: soft porn and fancy dress

Meant to be a sharp social commentary on race, the emancipation of women and high society the only real takeaway from Bridgerton is the creative number of ways and places showrunner Shonda Rhimes found for characters to romp.

 

Including on a tree, in a library and at various orgies. Probably not one to watch with the family… though nowadays everyone, including granny and grandad, is hooked on gordy period-titillation. 

 

The series recently released on Netflix is a regency period drama based on the works of historical romance by author Julie Pottinger. It is in part centred around the historiographical debate around the ethnicity of Queen Charlotte, who in the show is played by Golda Rosheuvel. 

 

Though any suggestion of hard-hitting and cutting themes by the show is quickly lost on the watcher as Maroon 5s best hits are played over mock string quartets at extravagant debutante balls.

 

The show’s only real focus is on the 19th century bad boy the Duke of Hastings played by constantly smouldering Regé-Jean Page and his entanglement with the desirable Daphne Bridgerton played by Phoebe Dynevor as they look to enter adulthood and fine society. 

 

The central plot of the show seems as though someone once read a Jane Austin novel, completely missed the point, and then added many many sex scenes. 

 

With stilted and cringe-worthy dialogue delivered by GCSE Drama-standard actors, the show is completely bowel churning. The epitome of it’s so bad it’s good. 

 

One would do well though to get halfway through the season before burning through any initial interest – though if you did make it through and want more corset removing and hand flexing romping you are in luck, a second season has already been confirmed for some time next year.

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