People living in the UK who are aware of the programme The Hour, will know that I am way behind in both watching and loving it. Set in the late 50s/early 60s, the show follows a news crew as they attempt to launch a new current events programme. But there are some darker obstacles in their path than just the ratings. It is at once mysterious and thoroughly entertaining, plus there are so many familiar faces that I keep pointing at the TV and shouting: "He was in History Boys!" or "He was in Torchwood!".
I have to confess though, that despite the excellent characters and complex storyline, the main joy I take in watching it is gazing in unashamed lust at the wardrobe of Romola Garai. Pencil skirts, kitten heels, blouses and brooches, it's all very Mad Men but with a bit of an British twist. I blame the show's make-up department for the fact that I have been wearing bright red lipstick for the past few days.
American viewers and others from around the world who have yet to see The Hour may recognise Romola from her brilliant performance in Glorious 39, or her thoroughly relatable turn as the title role in the latest adaptation of Emma. She is probably my favourite actress of the moment, and my admiration for her just makes me want to copy her style even more.
Much as I love the scarves and the dresses and the shoes and the twin sets, if I were able to steal just one thing from her wardrobe, it would have to be this fantastic trench coat. It's the kind of piece you slip on without even thinking about it, then just look effortlessly elegant in.
It's not just the women in the show who have inspired me sartorially though, Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisited, Perfume) and Dominic West (True Blue, The Wire) both have some stunningly gorgeous suits. West's are more fitting and statuesque whereas Whishaw's are a bit dishevelled and less presentable. I have a real thing for looking in the menswear department right now, seeking out blazers or shirts which won't look ridiculously oversized on me.
Gosh, men just don't wear suits enough any more do they?
All pictures nabbed from elsewhere, and are probably property of the BBC.