Special Episode 10: The Favourite

Special Episode 10’s cover: Rachel Weisz, as Sarah Churchill, shoots a gun, while Emma Stone looks on.

In Special Episode 10, “The Favourite,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss Yorgos Lanthimos’s MASTERPIECE OF CINEMA, The Favourite, about the toxic love triangle between Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, and Abigail Masham. They discuss their thoughts about the film, English history (AT LENGTH), historical accuracy versus internal consistency, films about queer women but made by men, and Elizabeth’s hopes for a future John Vanbrugh biopic. To listen to this episode or read the transcript, pledge to our Patreon!


Show Notes

[00:00:00] As always, our intro music is “Awel” by Stefsax, used under a CC-BY 3.0 license.

[00:14:50] Nicholas Hoult was born on December 7, 1989, making him, yes, about five years younger than Elizabeth.

[00:20:43] Maybe it’s impossible for us to travel time and space and see the play Elizabeth loves, "Queen Anne," but you can read the reviews for it (for instance, the one in The Guardian).

[00:29:19] We can’t find any evidence that “Sarah Churchill died, unmourned by all” was a real thing. Nice confabulation, though.


A front page of TH White’s  The Once and Future King.  Little Flourish has marked it up.

[00:47:11] For example.

technotranceremex says, “It kinda blew my mind to learn today that ‘thou’ was actually an  informal  form, and ‘you/ye’ was the fancy one. Now whenever I see ‘thou’ I read it in a tone kinda like ‘y’all’ in tumblr posts and like… 1600s bible verses were supposed to be perfectly frank, not stilted. This changes everything………..  sawkinator replies, “‘Listen, then, if y’all have ears!’ -Jesus, maybe”  celticpyro replies, “ Thou’d’ve”   quinbee-s replies, “ THAINT”

[00:53:26]We’re talking about Episode 69, “Fan Tourism.”

[01:00:00] Our outro music is from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”—Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer). The recording is by John Harrison and the Wichita State University Chamber Players and is used under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.