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      Season 1 – Stonehouse

      2023 Drama History List
      95% 20 Reviews Tomatometer 77% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Disgraced Labour minister John Stonehouse, a high-flying member of Harold Wilson's government, vanished from the beach of a large luxury hotel in Florida in November 1974, leaving a neatly folded pile of clothes as he swam into the sea. Read More Read Less
      Stonehouse — Season 1

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      Stonehouse reenacts one of Britain's most ridiculous spy games with wry flair while star Matthew Macfadyen puts on a masterclass of fecklessness.

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      Episode 1 Aired Jan 2, 2023 In 1974, ambitious British politician John Stonehouse hatches an outlandish plan to disappear. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 3, 2023 When John Stonehouse - who is now hiding out in Melbourne - draws suspicion from the local police, Barbara and Sheila fly to Australia to confront him. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 4, 2023 With Harold Wilson's fate still up in the air and Barbara wondering if it's worth saving her marriage, John Stonehouse and Sheila go on trial to face the consequences of their actions. Details

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      Ben Dowell Times (UK) [A] dramatically compelling watch, thanks in part to Preston’s keen eye for sometimes extraordinary detail as well as the excellence of the ensemble... Jan 31, 2023 Full Review Craig Mathieson The Age (Australia) A brisk and initially blithe farce, this three-part British limited series is a nimble portrait of a man who couldn’t comprehend the errors of his ways, even as he was pretending to apologise for them. Rated: 4/5 Jan 20, 2023 Full Review Anita Singh Daily Telegraph (UK) It is a comedy masterclass, but Macfadyen also delivers moments of vulnerability and makes his character likeable. Rated: 4/5 Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Joe Bendel Epoch Times The series is highly entertaining, but it is also a timely reminder that no matter how messy contemporary political scandals get, there are always precedents from past history. Rated: 4/5 Dec 12, 2023 Full Review Martin Carr We Got This Covered Slick, savvy and fronted by a charismatic Matthew Macfadyen, Stonehouse is an engaging piece of political drama. Rated: 4/5 Dec 12, 2023 Full Review Laura Vickers-Green Den of Geek Macfadyen’s Stonehouse is somehow effortlessly likeable, and interspersed among the hammy bluster are moments of both light and darkness. Rated: 4/5 Dec 12, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Peter G There were scenes supposedly in Melbourne, Australia and I could understand that they would not go there for fliming. BUT the "Australian" accents were appalling and sounded like they were from New Zealanders trying to be "Australian". Surely there ARE enough real Australian actors in the UK who could have been used ? Whether the real John Stonehouse was such a pratt, I don't know. But the way that MM plays him is the definition of "gormless". I agree with others that Keeley Hawes is grossly under-utilised. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Mary L I was hooked once John Stonehouse realized he was set up to spy for the Czech government. Matthew gives the character emotional depth. He lacks any loyalty to his country or family and with perfect politeness pursues his own best interests. Wanted to slap him and shake his hand at the same time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Gaby G This show is a must watch! Love the tone, and the fact that it's based on a true story. Not to mention, as a big Succession fan this show has been giving me my Tom/Matthew Macfadyen fill until the new season comes out. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Jack R Stonehouse is a lot of fun. Matthew Macfadyen is at his absolute best. One of BritBox's most entertaining new originals. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Beth N I am a huge Matthew Madfadyen fan and this really showcases his breadth of skill. Comedy is such an under utilized skill for him and im so glad to see it shine here. Keeley is another hidden gem in this, their chemistry is so vibrant and full of tension. Cannot recommend this short series enough! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Molly C This was very slow moving for me and kind of boring. I normally l love all things Britbox but this one didn't do it for me. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      Jon S. Baird
      Executive Producer
      Jon S. Baird, Neil Blair, Polly Hill, Ruth Kenley-Letts, Matthew Macfadyen, John Preston, Diederick Santer, Ellie Wood
      John Preston
      Drama, History
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Jan 2, 2023