King Lear gets the ITV 8pm slot
The new 8pm Sunday evening detective drama series on ITV, the one with the irritating sponsorship from SEAT cars, is ‘McDonald & Dodds’.
It replaces ‘Endeavour’, which is a tough ask. The first episode, ‘The Fall of the House of Crockett’, is a King Learish outing for Robert Lindsay (Wolfie ‘Citizen’ Smith of the Tooting Popular Front) as a putative baddy.
When his youngest daughter tells him to shove the inheritance money (£30m) up his arse, Lindsay is onstage for the RSC. Every look and word is pure Lear. Nice touch.