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Viewers are saying the same thing about Netflix's The Queen's Gambit 

The series follows a chess prodigy 

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Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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The Queen's Gambit is a trending show on Netflix since it landed on the streaming service on Friday - and it's easy to see why.

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The drama, starring Emma actress Anya Taylor-Joy, follows an orphaned chess prodigy who becomes determined to be the best in the world, despite her increasing dependence on tranquillisers.  

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Viewers have universally been full of praise for the seven-episode miniseries, with one writing: "Amazing. Loved this. Love Anya, she's fantastic. The suspense, the emotion... everything's perfectly balanced. My heart was pounding even though it was predictable. The cinematography, production & costumes were wonderful. That basement scene. That ending." 

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Another added: "Lots of shows/movies/books have been knocking me out this year, and the list keeps growing. THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is one of my latest favourites." 

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A third person wrote: "#TheQueensGambit starring @anyataylorjoy on @NetflixUK is absolutely enthralling and beautifully paced drawing you in from the very first episode right until the last scene of the final episode. Anya Taylor Joy is amazing as the fictional chess genius Elizabeth Harmon." 

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The series follows Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth

Chatting about the role to Town and Country magazine, Anya said: "I was electrified by this character, and I understood her immediately. I feel very lucky that it feels like sometimes a lightning bolt takes hold of me.

"In the case of Beth, I read the book [Walter Tevis's 1983 novel The Queen's Gambit] first; I hadn't actually seen any of the scripts. I read the book in about an hour and then I ran, like physically ran, to meet [show runner] Scott Frank for dinner. We were instantly in the same place." 

She continued: "I understood her immediately. And I really felt like I could tell the story right. It doesn't come from a place of confidence, it comes from a place of fierce care. I cared about her so much that I was like, 'Oh yeah, I'm willing to bleed for this.'"

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