It might seem like nostalgic escapism, but the show has a revisionist impulse at its heart.
The late QC Jeremy Hutchinson only got away with it because the prosecution weren't quicker on the uptake.
Julia Donaldson's tale of brains and brawn may only be 16 years old, but like Harry Potter it has joined the ranks of the all-time greats.
What do several early myths have in common? They suggest women must be ruled by men because they are disobedient and curious.