Another small peak from Russell's televisual purple patch with an appropriately mordant reading of Rousseau's life and career. The casting of Lloyd - all flat vowels and dour gesticulations - provides a neat counterpoint to the florid naivety of the painter's work and cuts through the beret and garlic cliché of the French artist.
Truly truly truly under-appreciated. Scripted by Melvyn Bragg, Rousseau is played as a Yorkshireman in Swinging London/Paris. This plays out like the bastard child of Richard Lester and early Truffaut, in the best possible sense.