Similarly, if you are reading the furore about BBC2’s Versailles and have decided it will be too much for your frail sensibilities and yet, despite this, may still in 10 weeks’ time find your TV tuned to it, then I am unsure how we can shield and protect you as a viewer.
The ancestors of the Warin and the Grillot families came to America during a most critical period of not only France but all of Europe.I may have not fully understood the Napoleonic-era Tsarist musings of Tolstoy’s War and Peace the first six times I tried to read it, but when frustrated Hélène Kuragina and womaniser Fedya Dolokhov went at it hard on the dining table in BBC1’s recent outing... And now Versailles bids to underline the historical rumours that Louis XIV was a right old rogue and that his court was a hotbed of carousing, cuckolding and kinky sex. “There are channels,” he says, “where, if you wish to view this sort of material, you would have to pay for it. They have to pay for it, whether they approve or not.” It is quaint that Bridgen believes those encrypted channels called things like Dirty Housewife XXX, are showing 10-part hefty-budget historical blockbusters.This feels like perfect Sunday-night viewing to me. It’s also odd that he seems to believe the BBC should only be able to broadcast programmes for which there is a general country-wide consensus of approval.On further scrutiny, I found that the show involves female nipples, a couple in the heterosexual missionary position and scenes of gay sex – all of which is wholly commonplace in modern drama. The clips I found of the trans storyline showed a thoughtful subplot of a man in lipstick being lectured that his marriage was something of a sham. Indeed, the opening episode does appear to show Louis XIV with his head between a woman’s thighs, and at one point Queen Marie-Therese has sex with a man of restricted growth, but, again, this is hardly worth calling Ofcom over.In fact, I think we’re all a little bit past being surprised that people with dwarfism have sex.I am, however I confess, a hardline supporter of showing the gruntier side of history.Sex, and our endless yearning for it, is one of the truly authentic things we have in common with our ancestors. Behind almost all snoozy tales of treaties, grudges and military might, I realised during my A-levels, are more fascinating tales of whoring and infidelity.The Congress of Vienna of 1815, convoked for the purpose of reorganization of the political and social order in Europe after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonepart, contained principles opposed to their political ideas of "liberty, equality and fraternity." Especially repugnant to them was the general principle of "legitimacy" which constituted the general underlying principle of the Vienna Congress.The most important provision of this principle was the restoration of the former rulers of the monarchical governments: the restoration of the Bourbons in France and Spain; the house of Orange in Holland, etc.But for viewers who cannot face adult issues, there’s the red button on the corner of the remote marked off.Call your MP; he might give you some advice on how to press it.