Screen Test: Real-life evil genius and deluded royal 'descendants'

Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller in The Romanoffs. Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War as political strategist Dominic Cummings, who was hired by the Vote Leave camp to convince Britons to quit the European Union.
Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War as political strategist Dominic Cummings, who was hired by the Vote Leave camp to convince Britons to quit the European Union.PHOTO: BBC STUDIOS
Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller in The Romanoffs. Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War as political strategist Dominic Cummings, who was hired by the Vote Leave camp to convince Britons to quit the European Union.
Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller in The Romanoffs. PHOTO: AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Brexit: The Uncivil War leans too hard into a farcical tone and The Romanoffs pays off when it examines relationship twists

Brexit: The Uncivil War feels like a post-mortem performed while the patient is still alive, and is just as painful.

This new BBC film dramatises the political manoeuvring on both sides of Britain's 2016 referendum on quitting the European Union (EU). It dissects the reasons behind the Vote Leave campaign's victory - a political earthquake that is still producing aftershocks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2019, with the headline 'Real-life evil genius and deluded royal 'descendants''. Print Edition | Subscribe