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“Mrs Wilson” On PBS “Masterpiece” Is Kind Of Different, But Very Watchable.

by Anura Guruge


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Appears that complete episodes are available on YouTube
for free.


We saw the trailer on PBS, multiple times, though we couldn’t garner much from it. But, it was a “Masterpiece” and that meant I recorded it automatically.

We watched 90-minutes of Episode 1 that aired last night.

We liked it, though it was NOT what we were expecting. Not lavish drama. But, interesting and intriguing. Definitely captivates you.

We will finish it tomorrow and we are already looking forward to the next episode.

Wanted to make sure I shared it with you.

Check it out. PBS will air it at least once this week (most likely on Saturday) and it is available online.


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“Victoria”, Season 3, On A Par With The Excellence Of Seasons 1 & 2.

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Watched it (off DVR) tonight and were delighted. Yes, yes, it lives up to expectations. As good as the prior seasons, albeit just based on this very first episode. Gripping subject — the French Revolution across the Channel. We were captivated.

That none of the cast get any older, though about 9-years have passed, since we first met her, is a bit disconcerting, but it is nice to have all the familiar faces about.

Yes, definitely recommended. Try and catch it. PBS will be showing Episode 1 all week.


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With “Vanity Fair” Amazon Prime Video Sets Out To Compete With PBS “Masterpiece”.

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We have so far watched episode 1 and most of episode 2. It is very good, indeed. Lavishly and painstakingly produced. Visually very pleasing.

Compelling story too. No, I had not read William Makepeace Thackeray’s book (alas). Classic mid-19th century period drama. Reminded me of “Howards End“, “Importance of being Earnest” & “Wuthering Heights”.

Definitely worth watching. Very rewarding.

I am glad that I got an e-mail from Prime giving me a heads-up on the availability of this series.

So, now I am passing this on. A ‘Prime Original’. Money well spent by Amazon. Bravo.


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The New PBS “Native America” Series Looks Very Enticing.

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Happened to see the trailer. Obviously very much my cup of tea given my interest in the Navajos. So, of course, I recorded it. Glad I did.

I only got to watch a few minutes, but what I saw … I liked. Looks very educational and interesting.

So, wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. Given it is PBS you should still be able to catch episode 1 somewhere on TV or online.


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The New PBS “Woman In White” (From The BBC) — Echoes Of “Jane Eyre” In The Best Possible Way.

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Somewhere around Friday, each week, I check PBS ‘primetime’ to make sure that I have the DVR set to record all shows of interest. This series, “The Woman in White” was being shown at 10pm on Sunday — which is usually NOT a slot reserved for promising masterpieces. But, the title alone was captivating. I hit the ‘Record Series’ button. I am sure glad I did.

We watched it today. It is GOOD. Echoes of Jane Eyre — and that is praise indeed. Teischan (12) actually said out loud that she liked it! She is hard to please and coming from her, this was also praise indeed.

You should still be able to catch Episode 1 on TV (if nothing else on Saturday night) or online. Definitely worth seeing. Looks very promising.

It is from the BBC. They don’t make too many duds.

This was GOOD. Thank YOU BBC. Thank YOU PBS.


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The New “The Miniaturist” Series On PBS Is Sure Worthy Of The “Masterpiece” Appellation.

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Click to access the Amazon listing for the 2015 Book.


It is NOT biographical BUT the dollhouse exists. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronella_Oortman


Over three decades PBSMasterpiece Theatre‘ has rarely, if ever, disappointed I. So, when I happened to see the trailer for ‘The Miniaturist’ I took note. I recorded it on Sunday and watched it today.

It is definitely worthy of being labeled ‘Masterpiece’. It was gripping from the start.

Yes, given that it is set in Amsterdam, in the same timeframe, it will remind you of ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring‘ (the 2003 movie). This is better. So, just before writing this I did some research and found what I shared with you before. Not a true story, out-and-out. But, the people and the actual dollhouse are real. Then there is divergence. But, it is OK.

Helps if you know a tad about Calvinism and its hold on The Netherlands in the 17th century. But, not appreciating the subtleties will not detract.

I enjoyed it, immensely. Highly recommend it. It is PBS, so you should be able to catch the episode, on air during this week, on the Web.


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“The Durrells In Corfu” Season 2 Is Now On PBS — And Episode 1 Was Compelling.

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We enjoyed Season 1, though I was disappointed that it was NOT a straight adaptation of “My Family and Other Animals” — a book I read, in Ceylon, when I was about 12 and just loved. I went onto read many of Gerald’s books and become a great fan of his, though I really should (as part of my bucket list read at least one of Larry’s ).

It was cute, funny, appealing, culturally elucidating — and sumptuously filmed and produced.

Watched Season 2 Episode 1. It was good. Kept you fully engaged throughout and had lots of humor.

If you missed it, I think you can catch that episode online or on YouTube.


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“Victorian Slum House”, A New Reality Show That Just Started On PBS (From BBC 2), Looks Interesting.

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YouTube trailer.

 


I, somehow, missed the trailers for this on PBS — despite watching at least one PBS show, e.g., “Home Fires“, every week.

Just heard about it when I got an e-mail from PBS — saying that it is available online.

First episode was screened May 2, 2017. So, I should be able to find a repeat — ‘on air’. I will look when I am next in front of my big TV.Hom

Looks interesting. Maybe it is too depressing to watch for long. But, certainly worth a look to begin with.


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PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires” Is BACK, With Season 2, After 17-Month Gap!

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Season 2 Episode 1 is AVAILABLE, FREE, Online.
At the PBS homepage.


What Season 1 looked like.


We got thoroughly hooked “Home Fires” Season 1 in the Fall of 2015. Preferred it to “Indian Summers” which also premiered at the same time.

Of course my cup of tea, but what was neat is that Teischan (then 9) loved it.

Had kind of forgotten about it since it has been so long. Then happened to see that Season 2 was starting this past weekend. DVRed it, of course. Watched it Wednesday, April 5, evening.

It was good. Nice, Downton Abbey-like, storylines. Very warm and cozy.

If you are an Anglophile this will be magical. Can’t wait for Episode 2. So many familiar faces.

I recommend it with gusto. Plus, it appears to be available online. So, go for it. You will thank me.


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New HBO “Criminal Justice” Series “The Night Of” With Pakistani-American Lead Is Riveting.

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I, for the last couple of years at least, typically didn’t pay much heed to HBO series. Then the other night I happened to catch a few minutes of the new series “The Night Of” as I was channel surfing. The tense, tightly-shot police station scene, even at a glance, looked compelling enough to warrant few minutes of scrutiny. Wow. It was gripping. I was hooked. Luckily (as is usually the case with HBO) there were enough reruns during the week to ensure that I could record a complete episode — in this instance, episode 1 which aired last Friday, July 8, 2016.

Tonight we managed to watch about 40 minutes of it. It was good. Riveting. Well made. Very engaging. Strongly recommended. I am now recording the whole series.


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