TV PREVIEW: Feud: Bette and Joan starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN: Final two episodes of eight air in the UK BBC2 9pm 6/1

On Sunday actresses Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon (pictured from left above) are both shortlisted for the same award at the 75th Golden Globes.

  • Read on for reasons including who we think most deserves the Golden Globe

It’s an irony that will not be lost on fans of Feud: Bette and Joan, in which both appear, which concludes on BBC2 the night before.

It’s an eight-parter which has lifted the lid on the extraordinary rivalry between Bette Davis (Sarandon, whipping up a storm challenging the Hollywood patriarchy) and Joan Crawford (Lange, overcoming her difficult childhood and refusing to leave the spotlight) as they filmed 1962 classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?.

The tale of their manipulation by the men around them and their mutual loathing is actually far more interesting than the films Hollywood was making at that time which didn’t feature ageing women.

The fact that the same argument could be made more than half a century later, with television leading the way in offering by far the more interesting parts for women not in their first flush of youth, is a less palatable notion.

We’ve seen all eight episodes of this first series, the next will feature Charles and Diana, and it’s no spoiler to say that the world’s most famous awards show is the scene for one of the most glorious attempts at upstaging here that we can recall in a long, long time.

Sarandon’s ballsy performance is the one that steals scenes here but maybe it’s the low-key heartbreak and loneliness that Lange brings that lingers longest in the memory. Perhaps the most satisfying Golden Globes result would be a well-deserved tie?

It’s a series that proves that the stories of more mature women are every bit as fascinating, and arguably even more so, than their male counterparts.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Feud: Bette and Joan
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