Everyone continues to be awful and the secrets continue to pile up, as things threaten to become even more complicated.
This recap of Belgravia Season 1, Episode 3 contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
I didn’t care much for Belgravia across its first two episodes, and I still don’t, though I must say that the soapier and sillier it gets the more I find myself enjoying it. That isn’t to say it’s getting better, obviously — in a lot of ways it’s getting worse. As there are increasingly few people to like, there are also increasingly few reasons to care about anything that’s happening. But caring isn’t mandatory in basic surface-level enjoyment, and there’s enough self-serving, secretive backstabbing here to satisfy those of us who like the affairs of the rich to be as trying for them as possible.
Of course, it isn’t just the rich who’re up to no good in Belgravia Episode 3. The servants can’t seem to keep their noses out of their employer’s business, and now that John (Adam James) is willing to line Turton’s (Paul Ritter) pockets for info about the Trenchards, you have to imagine it’s only a matter of time before the parentage of Charles Pope (Jack Bardoe) becomes common knowledge. That’s if John’s dalliances with Susan (Alice Eve) aren’t similarly exposed by the downstairs staff.
But nobody is happy with Charles, it seems, except perhaps Caroline (Harriet Walter), even if he still has no idea why she keeps inviting him round. Oliver (Richard Goulding) is particularly aggrieved, and again, it only seems a matter of time until the truth comes out. How will he take it? And, perhaps more importantly, who will be the one to tell him? Both James (Philip Glenister) and Anne (Tamsin Greig) have toyed with the idea of coming clean, but will they even get a chance?
More to the point, how will it all affect Charles’s burgeoning romance with Lady Maria Grey (Ella Purnell)? There’s an awful lot going on here, and so much backstabbing to be done that nobody seems safe. So deeply unpleasant is everyone, though, that it’ll almost be a relief when the knives come out. I don’t know if that makes Belgravia better or worse than the many stuffy shows it emulates, but it certainly makes it worth watching, even if it’s only to see deserving toffs get their comeuppance.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.