The General Election is but 92 days away and there’s another political group out for your support.
It’s the BICCPRWS and they mean business.
Confused? Then tune into BBC2 tonight and catch up on Up the Women, the second series of this period comedy about women campaigning for the vote pre-World War One.
The BICCPRWS - alias the catchy Bicester Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage - drops in on the village’s craft group members trying to out-vote each other as they aim to win, or stop, the battle for the ballot box.
Penned by Jessica Hynes (the fast-talking PA in W1A and Cheryl in The Royle Family), this BBC4 import looks a real vote-winner with a line-up of TV favourites including comedy actress Rebecca Front, who is less than enthusiastic about women getting the vote unlike her spiky mother (Judy Parfitt from Call the Midwife). There’s also strong support from spinster Gwen (Vicki Pepperdine from Getting On), the ever-busy Adrian Scarborough as the village hall caretaker and Rotherham-born Ryan Sampson, whose refined accent seems worlds away from that of slave Grumio in ITV2’s Plebs.
This politicking follows more royal intrigues in BBC2’s historical drama Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s books Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.
Critics who have panned the candlelit scenes and timeshifts in the story of lowly Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power at King Henry VIII’s should try reading Mantel’s books, which require dedication and determination to appreciate the scope of her writing.
The pomp and privilege of the King’s court have added impact with some imposing National Trust backdrops, but I wonder if the monarch or any of his subjects had champagne for breakfast.
Fast forward nearly 500 years and this truth was one of the nuggets to be revealed in Britain’s Flashiest Families (Channel 5), a one-off checking out those who are not shy of spending their money.
So, step forward retired Doncaster businessman Robin Goforth, who starts the day with a glass of bubbly ahead of buying a £375,000 yacht while his endearing wife, Noelie, thought nothing about expensive liposuction to get in trim for a dinner party.
There was also former WAG Lizzie Cundy enjoying the red carpet lifestyle, something completely different from mother-of-four Leanne Couch from Newport in south Wales who thought nothing of lavishing £10,000 a year on her pet pooch Lucy.
Another big spender can be found over on Sky Atlantic with its £25m murder mystery Fortitude (Thursday) set in a relatively crime-free mining community on a freezing Arctic island.
That is until a geologist is shot in what looks like an open-and-shut case. But nothing’s that simple in TV land, as can be seen over the next ten weeks of this chiller thriller in the company of an all-star cast including the town’s governor (Sofie Grabol from The Killing), photographer Henry Tyson (Michael Gambon), pilot’s wife Jules Sutter (Jessica Raine from Call the Midwife), Met detective Morton (Stanley Tucci) and research centre boss Charlie Stoddart (Christopher Eccleston).