30 May 2019, The Tablet

Al Murray whips up a storm in a modern makeover of Thackeray's Vanity Fair


 

The advantage of this new three-part adaptation of Thackeray’s 1848 classic (26 May to 9 June) is that it features the author’s great-great-great-grandson, Al Murray, in the guise of narrator. Sounding not wholly unlike his alter-ego the Pub Landlord (“It’s showtime”), Murray whips up a storm in a role that, you suspect, writer Jim Poyser cooked up for him with the deliberate aim of solving a hulking procedural problem.

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