‘Lived in Squares, painted in circles, loved in triangles’ as someone once said, talking of the Bloomsbury Group, arguably the Bloomsbury squares most famous residents. Now the BBC has picked up their story in a three-part mini-series. The story beings at the start of the 20th century, as the Victorian era ends and an unexpected period of freedom begins. All notions of bourgeois respectability were alien. It explores the literary and artistic group’s ‘rationale’ as well as their unconventional lives, spent in part in several of the squares in our area, including Gordon Square and Brunswick Square. Virginia Woolfe’s diary notes at one point: ‘Marchmont Street -so like Paris!’ Wouldn’t you just love to know exactly what she meant by that! While the series might not answer that question, it will be interesting to revisit why the group made Bloomsbury famous. (BBC 2 Mondays 9 pm).
Bloomsbury bedhoppers – BBC’s Life in Squares