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Bleak, unashamedly macho and grown-up: BBC2's The North Water reviewed

11 September 2021

9:00 AM

11 September 2021

9:00 AM

The North Water; Fever Pitch! The Rise of the Premier League

BBC2

‘The world is hell, and men are both the tormented souls and the devils within it.’ This was the cheery epigraph from Schopenhauer with which The North Water introduced itself — aptly, as it transpired. Certainly, BBC2’s starry new Victorian drama is not for those who prefer their television characters to be loveable.

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