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“Shetland” Detective Series On ‘Britbox’ & ‘Prime’ — Just Amazing, The Best Of The Lot, Better Than ‘Vera’!

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Yes, I know that it is probably sacrilegious to say ‘better than Vera‘ — BUT, it is! We, as always, serendipitously, stumbled upon it on ‘Britbox‘ when they started advertising Season 5 (a couple of months ago). We watched Episode 1. It was good. But, we had to wait a whole week to see Episode 2. That was good too. We were hooked. Couldn’t wait another week. So, we watched Season 4, which was also available on ‘Britbox’ — all the way through. Loved it. Better than ‘Loch Ness‘, ‘Then There Were None‘ etc. etc. Better than Vera. Did I already say that?

Then went back to Season 5. Now we were hooked.

Found Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on Amazon Prime. You had to buy them (and they were NOT ‘cheap’). But, hey … you have to pay for quality. So, we watched all of that too.

We have watched ALL of it. Now we are lost.

Very, very good show. Amazing stories. Very good acting. Great drama. Breathtaking scenery. Fast moving. Cleverly done. Must watch.

Highly recommended.


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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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“Victoria” Season 3 Coming To A PBS Station Near You In January 2019.

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Saw the trailer for Season 3 on PBS the other day and it made our day. Loved Seasons 1 & 2. Don’t think we realized that there was going to be a Season 3. Sure glad there is.

Looking back I see that Season 2 premiered in January 2018. So, Season 3 is coming exactly a year later. So, that must have been the plan all along.

Sure pleased. Wanted to share with you. Now you know. I will remind you, closer to the start.


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STARZ “Howards End” Series (2018) Is At An End.

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Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


The last episode of Season 1, viz. Episode 4, aired this last Friday, April 29, 2018. That from what I see concludes the story as written by the incomparable E.M. Forster in 1910. On the STARZ Webpage there is an implication that there might be a Season 2. But, that would have to be an major embellishment to Forster’s original.

The series was immaculately produced. The cinematography was BEYOND first class; it was lavish and sumptuous. A visual treat.

I am, however, not convinced that serializing “Howards End” worked — at least for those of us that watched the episodes weekly as they came out. The weekly gap between episodes broke the spell and often you struggled to think back to the prior episode to recall the entire thread in its full glory. But, now that all four episodes are out you could watch them back-to-back.

Each episode was nominally 55-minutes. So, that is 220 minutes (3H 40 minutes) in total. So, here is something else that I found interesting. The classic 1992 movie was 142 minutes (2h 20 minutes) long. So, the STARZ version is a full one hour 18 minutes longer! What does that mean. Did they spin out the story or did the movie omit scenes. I plan to watch the movie this week, if I can.

We are glad we watched the series. We looked forward to it and are sad that it has concluded. Maybe we should have recorded all the episodes and then watched it over a couple of days.

Well, now you know what options you have.

Yes, the episodes are still available on STARZ.


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“Victoria” Season 2, On PBS “Masterpiece”, Now — Continues The Magnificence Of Season 1, Seamlessly.

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Outstanding. We finished watching the first two episodes of “Victoria“, Season 2, shown back-to-back on Sunday, January 14, 2018, on Tuesday night.

It just carried on from Season 1 with nary a dissapointment. Yes, the Queen’s dresser, the lady from Wales, has left but that is about it.

Maintains the same, well-paced cadence. Beautifully shot. It is indeed a Masterpiece.

A definite MUST WATCH.


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

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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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“The Durrells In Corfu” & “The Collection” Have Come To An End On PBS — For Now, I Hope.

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I have my DISH DVR (i.e., Hopper) to automatically record all new episodes of “The Durrells in Corfu” & “The Collection“.

The Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend, i.e., November 27, 2017, I noticed that I did NOT have any new episodes for either show. I thought that PBS might have opted to skip that weekend.

Then again this weekend. NADA.

So, I went and looked at PBS.org.

They have BOTH ended. Unexpectedly, I would say — especially for “The Collection“.

I hope PBS is not playing ‘games’ because of their budget cuts.


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“Victoria” Season 2 Will Start On PBS “Masterpiece” On January 14, 2018.

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Victoria” on PBSMasterpiece“, earlier this year, was very engaging, educational and easy on the eye. We watched every episode, greedily. Did NOT realize, until we suddenly saw a trailer for it on PBS today, that there was a Season 2. We are delighted. Can’t wait. It should be good.

So, this is a heads up.

They are going to rerun Season 1 starting December 17, 2017.

Here is the PBS Homepage for this delightful show.


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