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The Dig, based on story of Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo, tops Netflix's 'most-watched' rankings in the UK




New film The Dig, based on the true story of the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon burial site in Suffolk, is currently Netflix's most-watched content - just days after its release.

The movie reimagines the events of 1939 - on the eve of the Second World War - when landowner Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) hires archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate land at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, and they uncover what the British Museum has described as 'one of most spectacular archaeological discoveries of all time'.

The film, which was released on the streaming service on Friday, has certainly captured people's imaginations as it now number one on Netflix's 'Top 10 in the UK today' list.

Carey Mulligan as landowner Edith Pretty and Ralph Fiennes as archaeologist Basil Brown in The Dig. Picture: Larry Horricks/Netflix
Carey Mulligan as landowner Edith Pretty and Ralph Fiennes as archaeologist Basil Brown in The Dig. Picture: Larry Horricks/Netflix

The Dig has also been widely praised by critics and viewers - with review sites Rotten Tomatoes (87 per cent), IMDB (7.3/10) and Metacritic (73 per cent) all rating the film highly.

For the BBC, Will Gompertz gave the film four out of five stars and said it was a 'thoroughly enjoyable film made with subtlety and sensitivity' and applauded the two lead actors, Fiennes and Mulligan, who were 'first class'.

The Guardian's Mark Kermode said the film's 'lush cinematography' had 'beautifully captured the lonely beauty of the open English landscapes'. He awarded The Dig three out of five stars.

And while Leaf Arbuthnot said, in her four-star review for Tatler, that she felt the 'the film doesn’t hang together well', she concluded: "It's a Sunday afternoon film, and a lovely one."

Meanwhile, famous names shared their thoughts on Twitter.

Comedian Chris Addison recommended The Dig as a 'beautiful' break from 'all this' and said watching it made him feel as though he had 'been on holiday'.

'Just beautiful and supremely moving' was how actress and director Emerald Fennell described the movie, as she praised Mulligan's 'range'.

And actor Stephen McGann said he was pleased that 'so many people have watched a beautiful, thoughtful film like #TheDig'.

He said it was trending in the UK on Saturday, which showed 'people want to discuss, and to know more' about the story behind the motion picture.

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