Of all the the 'gogglebox' offerings this festive season, far and away the most entertaining and riveting has

been Netflix's sumptuous adaptation of Julia Quinn's historical-romance novels - "Bridgerton" which is set in Regency London and epitomises the epithet 'Bodice-ripper'.

I haven't read the novels, but if the TV series is true to the original story line, I can only think that Ms Quinn is Jane Austen, Barbara Cartland and Jackie Collins rolled up in one!

We can only hope that there will be a second season of this treat - just the sort of escapism needed to remove us, if only for a while, from the reality of the global pandemic.

Robert Readman