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The Duchess review – Katherine Ryan shows mums can raise hell too

The Duchess review – Katherine Ryan shows mums can raise hell too

The comic deftly plays an uber-bitch single mother in this semi-autobiographical Netflix series – though there is little nuance behind the unapologetic laughs

Four hundred years ago in media terms – which is to say, about 12 – Julie Burchill pointed out the dearth of bitches in the modern cultural landscape. The magnificent hellions who had once abounded in film and high society in the 1950s had been reduced to poor shadows – scraps of things without the impregnable self-confidence, resilience and bracing indifference to the opinions of others (men) to slay a dinner party with a one-liner, speak truth to penis, and generally slash and burn their way enjoyably through life, armed with nothing more than attitude and wit as sharp as their stilettos.

I had hopes, early on in standup comedian Katherine Ryan’s new Netflix sitcom (her first), The Duchess, that we might finally have found their successor. A new Eve, if

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