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‘Victoria & Abdul’ 2017 Movie: Devilishly Funny, Touching & Scenic.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this heart-warming 2017 movie.


It is based on a true story. There really was an Abdul Karim that struck up quite the relationship with Queen Victoria. Click this image to access the Wikipedia entry for the REAL Abdul Karim.


The MUST WATCH trailer on YouTube.


We were going to watch Season 1 of the PBS “Victoria” on Amazon Prime when I saw this. We had seen the trailer earlier in the year and had DEFINITELY wanted to see it. So, without hesitation, I rented it, in HD format (for the customary 48-hours) for $5.99 from Amazon. I am so glad that I did. It was excellent.

Definitely my cup of Earl Grey. All the things that resonate with I: British life, the British Commonwealth, British Raj, history and period drama. That it was Judi Dench was a bonus.

Loved it. Incredibly funny. Touchingly cute. And as we British would contend, “warms the cockles of your heart“.

It said at the start that it was a “true story — or most of it”. That made it even more special. I have since discovered that it is indeed so, though the movie, no doubt, took some poetic licenses.

Highly, highly recommended. Ideal movie for these days. Reminds you what loyalty and service is all about.

Set us up, nicely, for Season 2 of “Victoria“, on PBS, in January 2018.


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by Anura Guruge


The PBS Masterpiece “My Mother And Other Strangers” A “Home Fires” Look-Alike BUT Not As Good.

by Anura Guruge



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Click here for the PBS Webpage for this show.



I recorded it on Sunday for two reasons: the Gerald Durrell inspired title tickled me and it look like an extension of ‘Home Fires‘ — that we have come to adore.

Yes, it is another life in Britain during WW II movie — with a lot of yanks about — albeit, this time set in Northern Ireland rather than in England

Though there are times that you think you are yet again watching ‘Home Fires’ it is nowhere near as compelling and intense. But, Teischan likes it and that is good. I am happy. IF you like British period pieces from that era you should at least watch one episode and see what you think.


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by Anura Guruge