When I first encountered Edwin Long’s “The Babylonian Marriage Market” hanging in the Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London, I remember being quite struck by it. The painting depicts a scene from a marriage market in Ancient Babylon where women were auctioned off as wives. The beautiful amongst …

As much as I love watching traditional English costume dramas on Sunday evenings, it’s such a breath of fresh air to see the BBC daring to do something more contemporary and stimulating. It was in September that I first heard that BBC were going to adapt Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel …