Peaky Blinders

I don’t watch much television (and when I do, it is never live so I’m always a bit behind anyway) so I’m terribly late to the Peaky Blinders party. However, once I’d discovered its existence, I was smitten and then hooked and of course totally amazed that it took me so long to watch it as it really is right up my street in every possible way. Okay, so the name put me off at first. What on earth, I wondered, is a Peaky Blinder? However, the rave reviews from my friends and discovering that the theme music is one […]

Ripper Street is SAVED

Good news everyone! If like me you’ve wondering how on earth you’re going to survive without a regular dose of Captain Jackson (cor blimey), DS Reid (did you know that he was one cool guy in real life – he used to be really into jumping out of hot air balloons for fun and was an actual god’s honest real life DRUID?) and the rather fabulous Sergeant Drake as well as Long Susan, the bushy red bearded desk sergeant (as my great great great grandfather was a sergeant in H Division in 1888, I’ve decided that this was in fact […]

Save Ripper Street!

You don’t need to be much more than even a casual reader of this blog to know that I am a MASSIVE fan of the BBC drama series Ripper Street, which focuses on the trials and tribulations that faced the Whitechapel H Division in the aftermath of the Ripper murders in 1888. As you can imagine, I take a personal interest in the series as my own great-great-great grandfather was a sergeant in H Division and based at their Commercial Street station during the 1880s and I have great fun trying to spot his collar number in each episode. However, […]

The Paradise

Photo: BBC. I’m ashamed to say that it has taken so many months to watch The Paradise since I recorded the entire series when it was shown on BBC1 last Autumn. Ashamed and full of regret for it is absolutely marvellous! Based on Émile Zola’s novel Au Bonheur Des Dames, The Paradise transports the action of the original book from glamorous Paris to an unnamed town in the north of England, which has the effect of making the luxurious opulence of the eponymous department store The Paradise stand out all the more starkly against its rather more down at heel […]

The Bletchley Circle

I watch very little television all things considered and tend to limit my viewing to films on DVD or BLu-ray, old crime series on Netflix and the occasional drama. It’s very rare that I will watch something at the same time as everyone else (honourable exceptions to this rule appear to be Downton Abbey, Whitechapel, Marple and Sherlock) so if I make the effort to seek something out then it’s usually because it a. has had glowing reviews from friends whose taste I trust and b. I am sufficiently intrigued to cast my books aside and give it a whirl. […]

Reign – new Mary Stuart drama?

Mary Queen of Scots, unknown artist, c1560-1592. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. I’m actually pretty excited to hear that the US television network CW are apparently developing a new series called Reign about the teenage years of Mary, Queen of Scots. Even the fact that it’s been described as ‘Game Of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette — if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age as a warrior queen. It’s about the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue‘ isn’t enough to put me off, although […]