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Helen McCrory, versatile actress who dominated the stage and shone on screen in Peaky Blinders and The Queen – obituary

The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer put her in his ‘pantheon of actors whose name in the programme always creates the anticipation of pleasure’

Helen McCrory, who has died of cancer aged 52, made her name as a subtle and intelligent stage performer, and later bucked the trend that consigns actresses to oblivion in middle age, becoming one of Britain’s most sought-after television stars in her 40s.

In the first decade of the new millennium she was hailed as one of the most promising presences in British theatre. Writing in the Telegraph in 2002, Jasper Rees placed her in the tradition of Judi Dench, Zoë Wanamaker and Imelda Staunton as “the small, punchy actress with a voice that can coat a back wall in honey from 100 paces.”

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Lucky Jim Review

Lucky Jim Wasn’t an Unpleasant Ride

by Gareth McLean | The Guardian | April 11, 2003

Lucky Jim (ITV1) was Christmas cosy. The “happily ever after” of Jim Dixon’s triumph over adversity, snobbery and pretension, his getting of the girl and landing of the dream job, was cockle-warming. The jazzy soundtrack and lovely period detail – fig rolls, Lyons Corner Houses, headscarves, Bakelite telephones, Arthur Askey – were most soothing, verging on the Heartbeat. And the casting was a veritable selection box of treats and truffles.

Stephen Tompkinson blundered, Robert Hardy blustered, Helen McCrory whinnied, Denis Lawson sauntered and Keeley Hawes looked luminous (and very tall). There was even the requisite appearance by an ITV favourite in a surprising role: Hermione Norris in rollers, brandishing a cigarette and a smokin’ attitude as the saucy Carol Goldsmith.

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Masterpiece Theatre cracks a smile with the charming “Lucky Jim”

Get “Lucky”

by Don Dale | January 1, 2003 | Style Weekly

PBS-TV’s next “Masterpiece Theatre” broadcast, “Lucky Jim,” is a winsomely charming comedy, likeable for a number of solid reasons. Chief among them is the story, based on a book by Kingsley Amis; the two main characters, played by Stephen Tompkinson and Keeley Hawes; and the nostalgic 1950s soundtrack.

Amis created quite a stir in British literary circles when “Lucky Jim” was published in 1954. First called an angry young man, Amis quickly established himself instead as a master of satire, malcontented rather than irate. His target was the intellectual milieu and those who wallowed in it, and the eponymous hero of “Lucky Jim” was something new: a working-class man, well-educated but unapologetically middlebrow.

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