Rupert Graves’s Patrick Standish is full of delicious contradictions: left-wing, snobbish, clean-cut and lecherous. Graves seems to have spent decades in retroland, playing a series of ineffectual young men, and perhaps owing to his entrapment in the past, he still looks eligible for a student railcard. At last, there are now promising signs that the angelic sheen is beginning to fade, to be replaced by something more louche, or perhaps even creepy.
It can’t be easy to say lines like ‘Christ, you’re lovely’ and ‘You are absolutely wonderful’, without slipping into a Leslie Phillips impersonation. But Graves stoutly resists parody, even at the cost of losing our sympathy.
- The Observer, 03.12.2000 (x)