Belgravia season 1, episode 6 recap – not a jolly good Fellowes’ The Deep End

2.5

Summary

A predictably rushed finale brings Belgravia to an overdue close after a sporadically entertaining but ultimately charmless season.

This recap of Belgravia Season 1, Episode 6 contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words


Julian Fellowes’s rather charmless Belgravia has always been a period drama redolent with the very worst impulses of the form, but as I’ve chronicled throughout these recaps, the soapier and sillier it got the more watchable it became. The concern I expressed last week was that it might have trouble closing; that there was still so much to deal with that a single hour couldn’t possibly contain it all. And it turns out I was right, since Belgravia Episode 6, the finale, is such a frantic procession of conclusions that the whole thing seems a bit of a mess more than anything.

But it does, I suppose, do what it was supposed to do in tying off various loose ends and ensuring that everyone got an appropriate comeuppance. The flagrantly evil John Bellasis (Adam James), for instance, was forced to flee after trying and failing to push the industrious secret heir of the Brockenhurst title and fortune, Charles Pope (Jack Bardoe), into the Thames. Good riddance. John rambling about dirty tradesmen, alongside the meddling house staff, led by Turton (Paul Ritter), was perhaps the closest the show really came to making a solid point about the English class system, but I don’t imagine any of them will be missed.

John also left Susan Trenchard (Alice Eve) pregnant after their ill-advised affair, but her marriage to her nonentity of a husband, Oliver (Richard Goulding), has hardly been the stand-out romance of the season. That honor goes to Lady Maria Grey (Ella Purnell), who has remained determined to marry Charles despite the protestations of her mother, Lady Templemore (Tara Fitzgerald), and at the end of Belgravia Episode 6 even got to do so.

While all of this was happening it was quite easy to pretend that one cared, but in the aftermath, I could scarcely recall the big emotional events or what I was supposed to be feeling during any of them. Things happened one after another, but nothing really stuck, and the same can be said of the show itself, which has lacked the wit and trim of Fellowes’ best work all throughout. It was in its middle episodes, rather unusually, that Belgravia found the right balance of period theatrics and soapy melodrama; this conclusion was too much at once, written into that predicament by a doughy script that could have stood to lose a few lines from virtually every exchange.

Still, here we are. It’s over now, which is perhaps just as well. Let’s hope that the next Fellowes outing is a bit wittier – and that he leaves enough time to end it properly.


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Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.

7 thoughts on “Belgravia season 1, episode 6 recap – not a jolly good Fellowes’

  • May 11, 2020 at 9:26 pm
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    I shall surely miss Belgravia if it is to be cancelled . Shows of this time period are all very often beautiful in their own right. The story line in my lowly opinion was great, was waiting for more. Julian Fellowoes, I truly hope you reconsider and do more of Belgravia.

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  • May 16, 2020 at 11:24 pm
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    I like it. It is better than watching the “low life” entertainment of today’s television which does nothing to stimulate my intellect.

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  • May 18, 2020 at 4:43 am
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    To quote Lord Brockenhurst in Episode 5, I can sum up this review in a single word: Balderdash! The entire season was outstanding. Paul Ritter, Alice Eve, Adam James, Harriet Walter, Tamsin Greig, Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle, Philip Glenister, Richard Goulding, Ella Purnell, Jack Bardoe, Bronagh Gallagher—I mean every single cast member was sheer perfection! I DO agree the last episode was Rushed! And why??!! We the audience would have loved a ninety minute finale where we see Lord Brockenhurst learn the news. This was important and we wanted to see that. I was very disappointed that it wasn’t covered. And also we wanted to see Oliver learn the truth, not just the discussion after he learned the truth. We needed more time for Caroline to discover her son wasn’t pushed into marriage but that, as he said on that fateful night, he was ‘exactly where he wished to be, Mrs. Trenchard” when speaking of his wife. So my only complaint is episode 6 was WAY TOO RUSHED. We need (desperately) two things to rectify the situation: 1) a director’s cut!! It’s the only way to let us see the scenes that were cut and ought not to have been. And 2) a second season! We need a second season, please Mr. Fellowes, and thank you. Surely we can see two of the greatest villains played by Adam James and Paul Ritter conspire to do more mischief. And we all love Jack Bardoe and Ella Purnell so much. And Alice Eve is a wonderful actor. And of course Tamsin and Harriet. Oh I could go on. Anyway I give the review a 2.5 and I give the entire season 4.7 stars. It would have been 5 but for the missing scenes from episode 6. Please do a directors cut! It was such a wonderful respite from the current pandemic and I looked forward all week to Sunday. Bravo!! Excellent show! Truly.

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    • May 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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      AGREE with you 100%

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  • May 18, 2020 at 7:56 am
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    Belgravia is the only thing the Covid-19 Stay Home Order that kept me sane. It was so ridiculously insane good that now that it ended…I am DEPRESSED!!! You can’t just let this brilliant show with brilliant actors who played their part so brilliantly that made the story come alive just end be forgotten…that would be cruel!!! Please bring them all back! All characters, from smallest to the biggest role were just as important and impressive that made every scene so believable and amazing. If Downton Abbey ( which I loved) lasted 5 years with 6 seasons, surely, and so Belgravia SHOULD TOO! Please make more seasons/episodes, I Beg You!

    Mila

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  • May 18, 2020 at 6:25 pm
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    i enjoyed this production!! Costuming and set designs were spectacular and the cast were well chosen. Very enjoyable.

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  • July 19, 2020 at 12:26 am
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    i agree that a director’s cut with a toast for sophia by lady brockenhurst and a toast for edmund by mr trenchard at the dinner would have meant so much. in season 2, i also want to see susan become a more caring, gentle woman. i want to see oliver become somebody. i really like mr trenchard and wish him a lot of social success at last. i hope that he is asked by the prime minister wellesley to do a special job for the country. i look forward to seeing charles and mariah in india. lady brockenhurst just might become happy and … i don’t know … sweeter. and lord brockenhurst–imagine him playing with greatgrandchildren, please, give us more. thank you, j

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