The most widely followed 18th-century English celebrity, Emma Hamilton asserted unprecedented influence on art, dance, music and politics at a time when women weren’t freely permitted to own property. Simultaneously, Hamilton enjoyed a controversial ménage a trois with Sir William Hamilton and Lord Nelson, and accordingly challenged prevalent opinions regarding feminine sexuality and domesticity. Radiant actress Denise Briar is confident but reflective as she presents Hamilton’s primary-source memoirs. In his glowing canter, BBC stalwart Nigel Lambert hosts an ensemble cast, following Hamilton from her burlesque beginnings as a London working girl through her trendsetting career in portraiture modeling. In addition to the aristocratic suitors she attracted, Hamilton was a trusted advisor to the queen of Naples, and her political impact is detailed here.
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