'Sherlock', 'Downton Abbey' Hark Back to the Age Before the World Went Awry

Victorian England is portrayed in both series as a time when things were clear, even when they were wrong.

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It was a tough decision to make: Should I write about the present as it unfolds on TV, for instance the documentary “Frontline” on PBS about our esteemed PM, or the streaming service Netflix’s much-awaited...