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

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the PBS Webpage for this captivating new series.

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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by Anura Guruge

Amazon Prime’s “Doctor Thorne” Is Still More Trollope Than Fellowes “Downton”.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.


“Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, is the 3rd book in this 6-novel collection, the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”. Click to access Amazon listing.

To say that this is BY Julian Fellowes, of “Downton Abbey” fame, is to indulge in some poetic license. As Julian, to his credit, explains prior to the start of Episode 1, “Doctor Thorne” is a book by much-regarded British Victorian-era writer Anthony Trollope [1815 – 1882]. Julian took Trollope’s masterpiece (and all of Trollope’s work is considered as such) and made it into a screenplay. And, of course, Julian, a master himself, did a masterful job. However, even Julian, with all of his magic, cannot take the Trollope out of “Doctor Thorne” — and that is both good and bad.

Prolific Anthony Trollope, who had a day job working for the British postal service, was a Victorian writer — and “Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, starts off, set in 1830s. Basically that is 90 to a 100 years PRIOR to “Downton Abbey”. Furthermore, Victorian writers, by nature, were DARK and often prone to be lugubrious. And that comes across even with Julian’s deft touch.

Having watched, with great sadness, the very last episode of “Mr. Selfridge” last night, we tried out Episode 1 of “Doctor Thorne”, on Amazon Prime Video (which we subscribe to), as a possible diversion. It wasn’t bad. I had to pause it, often, to explain to the kids what was happening. That was never necessary with “Downton” — and that is a key difference. Trollope tends to be subtle.

I am sure that we will watch all of “Doctor Thorne” and get to love it. I already ordered — in print and in Kindle — everything written by Trollope. This will be my excuse to read Trollope! SMILE. That alone is good. I can’t be a Philistine when it comes to Victorian novels (bar some exceptions, like “Jane Eyre“) all my life.

So just a heads up. Not Julian Fellowes BUT Anthony Trollope.

Got that?


Anthony Trollope.

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by Anura Guruge