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Mike Leigh At The BBC Review

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★★★★★

From his very first TV movie, Hard Labour, Mike Leigh was already conjuring magic from the mundane, and this box set of pained suburban operas — eight films, two studio plays, all restored — is the masterwork of a national voyeur. The real surprise here is that obvious highlights — Abigail’s Party, Nuts In May — are equalled by ‘lesser’ features. Kiss Of Death and Who’s Who? are a tragi-comic joy; Grown-Ups an unsung classic packed with pathos, Penguin biscuits and a hilarious, nervous-budgie turn from Brenda Blethyn. Tremendous.

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