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The English Game (TV Miniseries)

6 Episodes. Based on true events, this 19th century drama follows two footballers on opposite sides of a class divide who changed the game — and England — forever. Sports drama television miniseries developed about the origins of modern football in England. The series follows Etonians and factory workers reaching across the class divide to establish the world's most popular sport. From "Downton Abbey" creator and "Gosford Park" writer Julian Fellowes.  [+]
Author Review
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Morgan Jeffery
Radio Times
"For all its flaws then, the show feels like it has the potential to be a breakout hit (...) This sort of comfort food telly could be just the ticket at a time when the world is throwing challenges enough at all of us (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Anita Singh
"I liked 'Belgravia', but the first episode of this instantly struck me as more fun (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Lucy Mangan
The Guardian
"It’s terrible (...) It is impossible not to suspect there is someone poised behind the camera with whip raised, forcing them through this stuff (…) Rating: ★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Daniel Hart
Ready Steady Cut
"[It] is the series we need right now with the absence of the sport (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Eoghan Cannon
"What starts out as a football-centred drama series in the 1870's quickly becomes a watchable rollercoaster of emotions with more edge to it than 'Downton Abbey' ever had."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
John Serba
"Maybe 'The English Game' will find the audience cross-section that loves sports drama and tight-corset period pieces — and those people probably will be underwhelmed."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Tilly Pearce
"Created by 'Downton Abbey's' Julian Fellowes, you know what you’re in for, and you know you can trust that the intricacy in the details won’t be overlooked (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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