James Walton

Wonderfully naturalistic and intriguingly odd: BBC2’s The Gallows Pole reviewed

Plus: the week's other big new historical drama of the week, White House Plumbers, was considerably less subtle

David Hartley (Michael Socha) pursued by a dude in a stag skull in BBC2’s The Gallows Pole. Credit: BBC/Element Pictures (GP) Limited/Objective Feedback LLC/Dean Rogers

In advance, The Gallows Pole: This Valley Will Rise was touted as a radical departure for director Shane Meadows. After all, he made his name with the film This Is England and its three rightly acclaimed TV sequels, about a group of working-class folks struggling to survive against the heartless backdrop of that reliable old enemy: Thatcher’s Britain.

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