Most of the reactions below come via Twitter, where “Life in Squares” was a trending topic after the first episode aired last night with an audience of between 1.85 and 1.9 million UK viewers.
In the aftermath, one must-read review is by Frances Spalding, acclaimed biographer of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Her piece on The Conversation website is titled “Life in Squares: how the radical Bloomsbury Group fares on screen.”
Here’s a quote from it:
Her despairing cry may be echoed by some viewers of the BBC’s three-part series Life in Squares, for the Bloomsbury Group attracts many detractors as well as legions of devotees. — Frances Spalding
Be sure to click on the comments below to read Maggie Humm’s assessment of Spalding’s review, along with her own insights.
Before the official premiere, Emma Woolf, great-niece of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, penned her reaction for The Daily Mail: “How TV’s got my aunt Virginia Woolf so wrong.”
And Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter, Cressida Bell, posted this on Facebook the morning after:
UK TV ratings: Bloomsbury set drama Life in Squares opens to 1.85m http://t.co/9sFWNDH71V
— DS Entertainment (@digitalspyent) July 28, 2015
— TrendsinUK (@TrendsinBritain) July 27, 2015
#LifeInSquares manages to obscure all Bloomsbury’s achievements and at the same time reduce their private lives to a downton-esque melodrama
— Alfie (@AlfieTurner1) July 27, 2015
Life in Squares viewers had to use Wikipedia to decipher the plot … http://t.co/UDABAZoGYv
— UK News Information (@AnglosearchNews) July 28, 2015
— kelvin Fitzimmions (@fitzfun2011) July 27, 2015
— theartsdesk.com (@theartsdesk) July 27, 2015
I’m clearly not bohemian enough. Life in Squares bored me to tears.
— GC (@GrowlyCub) July 27, 2015
Having written about Vanessa Bell, painting and the Bloomsbury Group for my finals at uni, can’t say the BBC have done any of them justice..
— Sifa Mustafa (@SifaMustafaLDN) July 27, 2015
— Yvette Greslé (@yvettegresle) July 27, 2015
Rather a silly title ‘Life in Squares’ on BBC2 tonight about the Bloomsbury set but an excellent piece of drama. http://t.co/4tXUBGKcHm
— Michael Theodorou (@MrTheodorou) July 27, 2015
— Claire Thinking (@clairethinking) July 27, 2015