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The New Series ‘Jennie’, About Winston Churchill’s American Mother, On ‘Acorn’ TV, Is Quite The Story.

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I saw it being advertised on the banner of ‘Acorn‘ for the last week or so — but, I think it only became available today. We watched Episode 1 and it was GOOD.

Alas, though new to Acorn, it is NOT new. Appears it was shown on Thames in 2009 — so, 10-years ago. So, the quality, alack, is not that of ‘Victoria‘ on PBS. But, it is not dreadful. It is better than what you will find of YouTube.

I knew a bit about her suitor and husband Lord Randolph Churchill given that he is my hero Winston’s father. So, I learnt a fair amount about both of them in this first episode — how they met, their whirlwind romance and ahead-of-schedule marriage. I am looking forward to watching the rest of the series.

Looks very promising and I know that Lord Randolph’s story gets more colorful, though sad.


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I Finally Subscribed To ‘BritBox’, In Addition To ‘Acorn’ — Primarily For ‘Vera’.

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Yes, we have all become very fond of ‘Vera’ — but Teischan (13, as of yesterday) just ADORES the series. She gets like that … “Downton Abbey“, “Mr. Selfridge”, “Victoria“, “Place to Call Home” etc.

So, when I discovered that Britbox had more ‘Vera‘ episodes I really couldn’t deprive her. So, this was my birthday present to her — though she says that I am just saying that, and I wanted it too. {She, as usual, may have a point.} At $6/month it isn’t as if it will break the bank.

Just watched one episode of ‘Vera’. No problems. Basically the same quality as ‘Acorn‘. So, that is good.

Lot of stuff. Haven’t really browsed all of it. But, will keep you posted.

God save the Queen.


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Ludicrous To Believe That THE Queen Could Be At Any Risk Whatever Happens To Brexit.

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I am a believer and proponent of contingency plans for contingency plans, but this is ludicrous. Us the British would never put this Queen, especially at her age, at any risk. She is respected, admired and beloved. They might protest, mightily, around Parliament and Downing Street, but not outside Buckingham Palace. They also know that the Queen did her best. Brexit has nothing to do with the Queen.

This is not WW II and even then her parents, to their eternal credit, refused to leave London. There is no way this Queen is going to get bundled out of London. If you have been watching ‘Victoria’, on PBS, you will know that her husband made her leave London when there was potential trouble and she rued that she did so. She came back in a hurry. Well my Queen is not going to make that mistake. This is stupid. Wasted time.


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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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“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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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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“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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