Since I was a little girl, PBS has played a huge role in my life. It has been a source of great educational entertainment while also providing me with my first exposures to some of the things which have shaped who I am, including costume period programs and British comedies.
Particular favorites which I cannot forget are Aristocrats, Downton Abbey, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Far From the Madding Crowd, Coupling and the first classic movies I ever saw, namely Singin’ in the Rain. I loved the main character Cordelia Gray in Unsuitable so much that my little sister’s middle name is Cordelia. And Coupling? Well, if you’ve never seen it, it’s on Netflix Instant… GO.
One of the mainstays of PBS programming over the years are the ‘Masterpiece’ series, and the great opening to the Mystery episodes.
The theme has changed to be much shorter nowadays. The cartoons are by a man named Edward Gorey and they are just the perfect balance of whimsical and creepy.
One of the more recent of BBC and Masterpiece’s brilliance is Sherlock. I was absolutely thrilled to discover it was co-created by Steven Moffat, the creator of Coupling!
I was absolutely enthralled by every episode; not only is the show extremely well written, the actors spot on… but the high-def scenes of London are abso-fucking-lutely beautiful. I get a feeling of near melancholy just watching, and can’t wait to visit the city later this year.
The first three episodes are on Netflixs… It’s a great way to spend a lazy afternoon!
Hi there! So I’ve been out of town for the last two weeks for work, and before that I was prepping for a tough presentation. But now I’m back, and ready for some summer time blogging!
I thought that I would share some photos with you from a book I found at the thrift store a few months ago. Since Thursday was Prince William’s 30th birthday, it is a perfect fit!
It’s called Born to be King – Prince William of Wales and has some amazing photos of Princess Diana when she was pregnant and after William was born. There is an insanely in-depth discussion of the royal family’s family tree and all the events leading up to the birth. For an Anglophile like me, it’s just fascinating!
The images above are Diana before she was pregnant and on her 21st birthday, while pregnant, leaving the hospital, William’s Christening, and some family portraits by Lord Snowdon.
Born to be King – Prince William of Wales by Trevor Hall
Like so many, I am completely in love with the series Downton Abbey. I’ve always loved Masterpiece theater, the period dramas with their beautiful costumes and settings. I was of course delighted to discover that ‘Downton Abbey’ is a real castle in England, with most of the main floor scenes being shot there. It turns out that Architectural Digest did an article on Highclere Castle in 1979 and re-posted it recently. I love all the photos, which have that twang of age to them, while letting the opulence of the castle shine. I suggest checking out the article, as well. I may be visiting England this year, and if so, I just might have to pay this place a visit!