As Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s tale of the rancid relationship between two Hollywood stars begins, it’s 1961 and Joan Crawford and Bette Davis can’t get a good role to save their lives.

Joan (Jessica Lange) sets about finding a project, and tries to get Bette (Susan Sarandon) on board, knowing their ongoing feud will be good publicity.

It starts out entertainingly, with glamorous 1960s sets and dialogue just the right side of camp, but by the end of episode one (which co-stars Alfred Molina and Catherine Zeta-Jones), you’ll be absorbed in the story of two women with more in common than they’d ever admit.

The full series will be available on BBC iPlayer from 10.45pm.