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The Collection: historical drama will captivate fashionistas and historians alike

The Collection series launches the first of seven episodes on Masterpiece PBS, tonight at 10pm! Don't miss the chance to see Tom Riley's tortured but talented Claude Sabine.

A few more previews promoting the show have been shared online. Great reasons to watch the show. TV Weekly Now includes the show in its 'Best Bets' list, the Seattle Times in its 'Sunday picks'.

What makes the eight-episode The Collection ideal escapism is its devotion to serious glamour and understanding of the allure of refined style. Its main theme is fashion rescuing France from the trauma of war. Throw in the secrets and betrayals and dark hints about a dead body buried somewhere, and you have the perfect circumvention of the present, this alarming time of horror, strangeness and dread. The Globe and Mail

The Collection: marvelous television production, magnificent on every level

In advance of this weekend's broadcast of The Collection in the US on Masterpiece, a review of the soon to be released DVD has been shared online by DVD Review. And they loved the show, mentioning Tom Riley as Claude, though may be disappointed over a second season. Pertinent snippets are below, but read the review in full on the website.

...The Collection is a wonderful piece of television once again. Despite its milieu, the show is actually a rather powerful character drama with a good dose of murder mystery sprinkled in and a feeling of impending tragedy evident in every episode. The characters are desperate, fatalistic, almost, trying to move forward when the past threatens to pull them under again and again.

Among it all is beauty also, however. Hope among many of the employees of the fashion house for a better future, now that the war is over and the country is recovering. Love and romance bring the sun out, even if the scars of the war are still jarring and frightening.

And then, of course, there is the clothing. Beautiful pieces of art that make it all seem so surreal, ushering its wearer into a world beyond the harsh realities of their existence, by providing them with a color, elegance, and beauty that they might otherwise not possess.

The Collection: Art of Television Costume Design exhibition

The Collection begins broadcast on Masterpiece PBS next Sunday, October 8th. Fans of the show's costumes, by Chattoune and Fab, have the chance to glimpse them at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles until October 5th.

The costumes can be seen on display at the 11th annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibition in the FIDM Museum which is free to the public! A little unfortunate that the exhibition finishes the day before the show begins, but worth seeing if you get the chance.

Costumes displayed include the memorable jacket and trousers worn by Tom Riley as Claude Sabine, and the beautiful dresses worn by Poppy Corby-Tuech as Dominique, and Jena Thiam as Nina.

The Collection: now on UK iTunes

Good news for Tom Riley fans, The Collection is now available to buy and download from iTunes UK! The series purchase includes video extras also found on the UK DVD release.  The release dates shown on iTunes are confusing, as I have checked regularly, and it definitely hasn't been on there since last year!

The Collection is available on iTunes as 8 episodes with 3 additional promotional videos for £12.99 SD or £16.99 HD.

Designing the Times

A look at how The Collection production team transported the viewer into 1940s Paris. 4:37

From Rags to Riches

An exploration of the fashion of the time, capturing the ethos and spirit of romance. 4:31

Behind the Masks

The writer and cast discuss the dark secrets surrounding the characters. 4:32 

US fans can pre-order the region 1 DVD and Blu-ray from, prior to release on October 17th. Masterpiece will broadcast The Collection from Sunday October 8th 2017. There is no news about any terrestrial broadcast in the UK.