BBC Two’s three-part drama Life In Squares is stirring up interest, and getting some hot and bothered, ahead of its Monday airdate in the UK. The story of the Bloomsbury Group — a collection of friends and lovers that included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, and Lytton Strachey — it’s billed as an “intimate and emotional portrait,” but is also understood to feature its fair share of sex (see trailer above). The Daily Mail breathlessly calls it “the raciest costume drama ever seen” and has referred to it as a “bonkbuster.” The rest of the UK will have to wait until July 27 to find out for themselves. While there is currently no U.S. broadcaster, one is likely to hop on.
Written by BAFTA winner Amanda Coe (Room At The Top) and produced by Ecosse Films in association with Tiger Aspect (Peaky Blinders), Life In Squares dramatizes the relationship between sisters Woolf (Lydia Leonard) and Vanessa Bell (Phoebe Fox). It also delves into Bell’s sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant (James Norton) as they, and their group of like-minded friends, navigate love, sex and artistic life in the first half of the 20th century. The title is a Dorothy Parker quote about their distinctive lifestyle in which they “lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles.” Bell’s actual home, a meeting place for the group, features in the series.
Also among the rich cast of young Brits are Sam Hoare (An Adventure In Space And Time), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent), Edmund Kingsley (The Borgias), and Ed Birch (Sherlock). Eve Best, Catherine McCormack, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Davenport, Elliot Cowan and Andrew Havill further feature.