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Anatomy of a Scandal Doesn’t Hold Up Under the Scalpel | TV/Streaming

The White House prosecutor is Kate Woodcroft (Michelle Dockery). A respected lawyer known for winning cases, ruthless, determined, Woodcroft also sleeps with her married former mentor, whom she first stalked when she was his student. Repeatedly throughout the text of Anatomy the idea of ​​sexual dynamics as complex as a Gordian knot is introduced, but instead of addressing them with maturity, sympathy and reason, the authors simply cut the knot, leaving it to hang in the wind. Dockery goes above and beyond to take the material to the next level, and the sharpness of her diction and body language is certainly to be commended. There’s even a great facial twitch later in the series that’s more convincing than the whole show. But even Dockery seems to understand that the high drama of courtroom exchanges is more like Dick Wolfe’s Law & Order than the BBC’s Silk. Phoebe Nicholls also commends her brief but flawless looks as Tuppence Whitehouse, James’s posh mother, flippantly chiding Olivia in front of Sophie and lightly defending her son from accusations, wondering about his superior lying skills.

There are a few quirky gaps in the structure of the show. While Whitehouse rehearses with his lawyer, Woodcroft never consults Lytton; how will the audience know if under English law the former is allowed and the latter is not? Another glaring mistake in the writing of the series is the constant use of Americanisms. The English say «family name», not «family name»; «let’s go to the cinema» or «to the cinema», not «to the cinema». Out of curiosity, I went and read Anatomy of a Scandal, novel, after I finished the series. This is not bad: the text is more caustic, more personal, less hacky. The strongest page-to-screen characterization is Prime Minister Tom Sturridge, whose TV lookalike bears a striking resemblance to former Prime Minister David Cameron (himself not a stranger terrible behavior at Oxford), and who, for some mysterious reason, refuses to distance himself from James. Everyone else was, well, Americanized.

I won’t give it away, but the only crew members that deserve credit are the hair department (they know why). All episodes of Anatomy of a Scandal are directed by S. J. Clarkson, credited with the episode «Legacy.» I wish I knew why she chose beveled corners over storytelling. The series is created and written by Melissa James Gibson and David E. Kelly. The former has been part of the House of Cards writing/producing team since season four (when everything went downhill, and I don’t mean just the chaos in the Underwoods’ lives). As for Kelly, after the failed «Cancellation» and this misfire, the real scandal in his life could be if he figured out how to recover for the second season.

The entire season has been filmed for review.

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