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KATHERINE SHONFIELD

The current version of Our Mutual Friend came to an end last Saturday. It is a tight, seamless concoction of committed acting, textual accuracy and period authenticity, with all the good bits, and none of that flawed Dickensian superfluity. In fact, the sanitised whiff of the whole operation signals that this version is not Our Mutual Friend at all, but only Peter Mandelson's Mutual Friend.

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