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tv choice: best drama; The Last Word, Tuesday, BBC One Wales,10.35pm.

IT'S easy to forget, faced with all the tabloid shenanigans that have followed him and his turbulent love life around recently, that Rhys Ifans is actually a great actor.

His award-winning portrayal of Peter Cook in 2004'sNotOnlyBut Always was spookily spot-on, and now this to-camera monologue as a downtrodden farmer desperate to free the apron strings of a domineering mother should reinforce his status of one of the best thesps around today.

It comes sandwiched between Sheila Hancock's turn as a suicidal woman on Monday night and Bob Hoskins' role as a hitman lying in wait for his next target on Wednesday.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 24, 2008
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