Thrilled to learn that Michael Kitchen is among the cast of The Collection, a period family saga set in the fashion world of Paris after World War II. The Amazon eight-part series is shooting in France and Wales until May. More details about the show at Radio Times, Deadline, The Guardian, and DigitalSpy. Sets replicating the back streets of Paris in 1947 are being built at Swansea Bay Studios in Wales. Set photos here. The series premieres on Amazon UK on September 2, with a new one-hour episode made available every subsequent Friday through late October. The Amazon US premiere date is February 10, 2017.

Based on the disappointing early reviews, I’ll probably be fast forwarding through this show after all. Counting on MK to rise above the meager material as he’s often done in his career.

From The Times:

The sumptuousness of the scenery and costumes makes up for a script in which witticisms and profound emotion are a little thin on the ground.

Vodzilla.co rates the pilot episode a 6.3 out of 10:

Whether the high production values can make up for some of the more laughably schlocky dialogue and overblown plot points remains to be seen.

Similarly, Telegraph gives a middling 3 stars out of 5:

Despite being a drama set in the world of Forties haute couture, The Collection is determined to shoehorn in as much violence, conspiracy and sleaze as the average big-budget gangster series.

Despite a strong cast and an even stronger aesthetic, this first episode failed to truly grip.

And this from BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review:

Watch it, don’t listen to it.

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