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Yes, butterflies are extinct, men have sex with robots, and phones are transplanted into hands; but also, life goes on – spouses cheat, teenagers struggle to accept themselves.
The BBC’s latest offering, Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack, reveals everything that is wrong with colour-by-numbers costume dramas – because it isn’t one.
The real motivation is the emotional buy-in. The film brings together at least 25 much-loved characters from all corners of the Marvel universe, each demanding a fitting character arc.