Freeview film of the day: My Week with Marilyn

In a clear case of some liking it hot, Michelle Williams takes on the challenge of a lifetime to play Marilyn Monroe


My Week with Marilyn  ★★★★  


10.00-11.30pm BBC4

In 1956 Marilyn Monroe came to London to star with and be directed by Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. The third assistant director on the film was Colin Clark (son of historian Kenneth) whose job was to make sure Marilyn and, while he was around, her playwright husband Arthur Miller were OK. The relationship between the boy Clark (Eddie Redmayne) and the megastar (Michelle Williams) developed into a tender, probably platonic romance while the film-making was chaotic. Marilyn was late, forgot her lines, was out of her depth and a bit of a mess, and Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) fancied her and was infuriated by her. To Clark fell the task of consoling her when she was down and panicky. The result is charming, fascinating both on the film set and off, and the performances are excellent. Williams makes a good fist of portraying the complex Monroe, Redmayne is splendidly cast and Branagh gives us a lovely, sly impersonation of Olivier.


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