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Review: She helped discover DNA. History may have forgotten her, but ‘Photograph 51’ does not

As played by the commanding Helen Sadler, Franklin is the Mary Poppins of the lab, a humorless Englishwoman with an impeccable accent whose stringent professionalism infantilizes otherwise high-functioning adults. Franklin is not susceptible to flattery, flirtation, gifts, cow eyes, friendly banter, literary references, jocosity, open mockery or any of the other strategies the silly men use to soften her up. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly or in fact at all, and she usually has the last word.