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The Turning Point, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, courtesy Sky Arts Theatre Live!
Me with Red Ribbon
rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
Photo credit: http://www.michaeldobbs.com/theatre/

Cut and pasted from Michael Dobbs's Website:

Critics have often said that Michael Dobbs's work has the extraordinary ability to bring history to life. So with the enouragement of many friends in 2009 he wrote 'The Turning Point' for the Sky Arts Theatre Live! series. It was his first play, and starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew Marsh. It proved to be a sensational success.

The play is built around a meeting in 1938 between Winston Churchill and Guy Burgess, at a point when the world was falling apart. They were both lonely men. A few years later, one had come to be regarded as The Greatest Briton, the other as The Greatest Traitor. But were they so very different?

You can read more about the play and view it here:

Raks's Reaction

I SkyPlussed this eons ago and saw it for the first time today. It blew me away - I loved it!

The play itself is intelligent and thought-provoking, and brings this moment in history to life for someone who was not even alive at the time when these events were taking place. Both the characters - Winston Churchill and Guy Burgess - are totally fascinating and so you wanted to see this moment in time play itself out and learn more about these individuals. Both Matthew Marsh and Benedict Cumberbatch put in outstanding performances - which is to their full credit, especially when you realise that this went out live. It spoke to a great many themes, but in particular Patriotism, Englishness, Integrity, and Family; all of which are themes that fascinate me.

To be honest, I have zero interest in Benedict's current film projects - The Hobbit and Star Trek, although I appreciate that others do. This is the sort of work that I love to see him in and that I would want to see him do more of.

Intelligent, thought-provoking drama, that is rich in history (in this case British history), that engages and exercises your mind. Highly recommended.

If you have not yet seen this, now is the time to do so - Carpe Diem!

Matthew Marsh as Winston Churchill
Photo credit: http://www.michaeldobbs.com/theatre/

Benedict Cumberbatch as Guy Burgess
Photo credit: http://www.michaeldobbs.com/theatre/

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I remember this fascinating piece. Must watch it again if I get a chance. :-)

Yes, I really enjoyed it and thought that it was excellent.

I intend to watch it again a few times. Luckily for us, it is there for eternity - no annoying iPlayer 3 days left to watch countdown!

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