Pursuit of Love viewers praise Andrew Scott’s dance moves and ‘perfect’ portrayal of dapper neighbour Lord Merlin as the ‘saving grace’ of an otherwise ‘uneducated, unintelligent and ill-informed’ adaptation
- BBC Pursuit of Love viewers praised Andrew Scott’s role as eccentric Lord Merlin
- Plays Radletts’ neighbour and entered in dance scene wearing silk pyjamas
- People praised actor as best part of novel adaptation, branding him ‘perfection’
Pursuit of Love viewers have praised Andrew Scott’s dance moves and ‘perfect’ portrayal of ‘dapper’ neighbour Lord Merlin as the ‘saving grace’ of the hotly-anticipated new period drama.
The Emily Mortimer novel adaptation kicked off on BBC One last night, with the Irish actor, 44, playing the Radletts’ libertine neighbour, Lord Merlin.
And while many who tuned in were quick to take to social media to brand the adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s classic novel everything from ‘uneducated, unintelligent and ill-informed,’ there was one element that viewers agreed on – Andrew Scott’s convincing portrayal of the charismatic Lord Merlin.
‘Honourable mention to the divine Andrew Scott, who embodies Lord Merlin perfectly,’ wrote one, while a second enthused: ‘Andrew Scott as Lord Merlin is absolute perfection.’
The hotly-anticipated new period drama kicked off on BBC One last night, with Irish actor Andrew Scott, 44, playing the Radletts’ libertine neighbour, Lord Merlin. Pictured, in his entrance dance scene
Lord Merlin (pictured) is described as ‘an artist, a musician and a patron of all the young’ and is ‘loathed’ by Uncle Matthew, played by Dominic West
Taking to Twitter, one viewer went so far as to brand Andrew Scott as Lord Merlin ‘perfection’ (pictured)
The period drama follows the story of Linda Radlett – played by Lily James – and her hunt to find love and marriage, while Dominic West plays her Uncle Matthew.
Lord Merlin, described as ‘an artist, a musician and a patron of all the young,’ is ‘loathed’ by Uncle Matthew, played by Dominic West, who can be heard at one point exclaiming: ‘That man is holding a comb!’
But in contrast, Linda is bowled over by her eccentric neighbour – especially when it comes to his grand entrance.
As he prances about in a pair of blue patterned satin pyjamas to the eclectic sound of T.Rex, before knocking back glasses of champagne and kissing surrounding dancers, Linda watches on hot and flustered – and it turns out she isn’t the only one.
‘#AndrewScott as Lord Merlin, dancing to T.Rex, has to be one of the TV highlights of the year….’ wrote one viewer, while a second commented: ‘ThePursuitOfLove Gave it a chance but found it incoherent & inconsistent.
‘Lily James was as entrancing as ever and there were a few bits of tongue-in-cheeky sparkle. However, saving grace was Andrew Scott’s Lord Merlin flaunting it like Adam Ant to T.Rex’s Dandy In The Underworld.’
In his entrance scene, Lord Merlin could be seen prancing around in a pair of satin pyjamas to the eclectic sound of T.Rex, before knocking back glasses of champagne and kissing surrounding dancers (pictured)
At one point in the first episode the narration says that it’s rumoured Lord Merlin has two black whippets (pictured)
Taking to the comments section, one person penned: ‘Watched The Pursuit of Love earlier and thought Andrew Scott was just brilliant as the dapper, avant-guard inclined Lord Merlin’ (pictured)
A third added: ‘Sunday evenings in sore need of a helping of fun and glamour. Andrew Scott is adorable as the aesthete Lord Merlin, prancing in pyjamas to the strains of Marc Bolan,’ a fourth penned:
‘I am marrying Lord Merlin in The Pursuit Of Love no one is stealing him from me we are husbands now bravo Andrew for making me fall in love again with another one of your characters.’
A further wrote: ‘Watched The Pursuit of Love earlier and thought Andrew Scott was just brilliant as the dapper, avant-guard inclined Lord Merlin.’
Speaking about the character he plays, actor Andrew Scott describes Lord Merlin as ‘audacious and free with his attitude towards love, life and sex and art’.
And it’s not the first time the Irish actor has won over viewers thanks to his charming looks – after he garnered huge acclaim for his role as the Hot Priest in the hit Phoebe Waller-Bridge series, Fleabag.
Fan favourite: The Irish actor garnered huge acclaim for his role as the Hot Priest in the hit Phoebe Waller-Bridge series
He made his name playing the sadistic Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock, but the BAFTA winner feared he would become typecast because of his success in the role, especially after his turn as a villain in the James Bond film Spectre.
In an interview with the June issue of British GQ, he said: ‘After Sherlock, there were a lot of “sub-Moriarty” roles that were offered to me.
‘I played a villain in one of the Bond films – I was like, “Yeah, I want to be in the Bond film!” – and that was a really good experience. But I think after a while you have to go, “No, I don’t want to do that any more.”
‘I think romantic comedy is very underrated; I was always looking for something that explored romantic love in a really intelligent and human way and I felt, when I first started talking to Phoebe [Waller-Bridge] about it, that this was ideal.’
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