Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by A.H.Black, Oct 1, 2012.
Christopher Plummer stars as the famous actor.
^ I saw this live at Stratford nearly 20 years ago. And then again a couple of years ago in one of those live-theatre-at-the-movies broadcasts -- I think that's the production that will air on PBS.
Aside from Plummer at his best, it's a great play for anyone who has any interest at all in the creative process. Or the Barrymores.
Link to an article on "Barrymore" and Christopher Plummer in my local paper written by our local TV reviewer -
Hopefully you can access this. I found Christopher's comments about how he felt adapting the stage play to screen very interesting.
The article makes me look forward to the program even more.
It certainly was!
PBS Detroit never showed this, as every Friday they do a Classic Film Festival thing and last night was Some Like It Hot. Which was a good thing, as I finally got it on DVD, but I would have adored to see this!!
Oh my gosh, Barrymore was amazing. Plummer had that audience in the palm of his hand the moment he stepped onstage, and with good reason.
I have got to get that on DVD.
Since some of these are getting muddled up in the Downton Abbey thread, I thought I'd put in a post for the return dates of some of our favourite British series:
Call the Midwife - Mar 30
Mr. Selfridge - Mar 30
The Bletchley Circle - Apr 21
I don't know what Masterpiece will be showing on Mar 9-16-13, though. The last episode of Downton Abbey should be done Mar 2 if I've done my math right, and the PBS website only has the Masterpiece schedule up to Feb 23.
RE; Great performances at the National Theater.
I hope I don't forget. I'd love to see that. Thanks for the information!
^ I saw that when they did their movie-theatre broadcast in the fall. It was fantastic, as you'd expect -- although also slightly frustrating because it makes you want to see the whole productions rather than just scenes.
Another returning favourite: Doc Martin. I spotted on another board that they started season 6 on the Detroit PBS affiliate last night, and I believe the Seattle one will be airing it starting next month. Yay!
I do think it's lost a lot of its freshness, they should have ended with season 4, but I'm still looking forward to the conclusion of the story. I believe 6 will be the last season.
Did anyone else catch The Making of a Lady on Sunday night after Downton? It was delightfully creepy, the way any Victorian gothic thriller should be. Frances Hodgson Burnett all grown up.
The ending was a bit rushed, but I thought it was well done overall, very enjoyable.
Yes I enjoyed it very much.
I recorded it and watched it last night. I enjoyed it too, and spent a lot of the time trying to remember where I've seen the two male leads before. The Emily actress reminded me of Justine Waddell, whom I've seen in many British productions.
Linus Roache (Walderhurst) is mostly a stage actor, but is known for screen work on this side of the pond for a recurring role in Law & Order, and in Britain probably best known for Coronation Street.
I agree about Lydia Wilson's similarity to Justine Waddell. They both have that classic ingénue look.
I enjoyed The Making of a Lady Creepy cousin, creepy Indian "mother".
Missed it. I suppose it's available online?
THE MAKING OF A LADY
Expires: 03/08/2014 Rating: NR
During her duties as a lady’s companion Emily meets her employer’s wealthy widower nephew, Lord James Walderhurst. Accepting his practical if unromantic marriage proposal, Emily finds solace in the company of Walderhurst’s nephew Alec Osborne and his glamorous wife Hester. After Lord James leaves to rejoin his regiment Emily, alone with the Osbornes increasingly comes to fear for her life.
I'm sorry to hear this...I liked The Paradise better than Mr. Selfridge.
BBC cancels The Paradise as Mr Selfridge steals thunder… Why we love Mr S
February 12th, 2014 by Lisa McGarry.
Ditto. I really enjoyed The Paradise, but just couldn't get into Mr S at all -- can't stand the title character.
I think "cancelled" is a slight exaggeration though. British series aren't designed like North American ones, with automatic expectation of 7+ years. Many are only ever designed to run a single season, and it's only when they're hugely popular -- and when all the principals want to come back -- that they're brought back for more.
ETA: We will at least get more Paradise on this side of the pond (or, I'm assuming we will), as PBS has only aired season 1 so far and there's a second 8-episode season that's already aired in the UK. So yay for that! Looking forward to the continuation of the story, and especially seeing Denise take on more of a leadership role at the store (I hope!).
Another murder/thriller one-off airing this Sunday after Downton Abbey: Murder on the Home Front.
"With help from his secretary, a pathologist employs new forensic techniques to help catch a serial killer in 1940s London."
stars Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, James Fleet, Emerald Fennell, David Sturzaker
Foyle's War meets CSI?
Neither British theater no Benedict seemed to be on PBS in NYC. Bummer, but might as well, I am completely swamped between intense work and Olympics. Hopefully they'll have it online, or repeat it!
Here's a snippet; I'll post any links I find.
On the R-hand side of the page is a menu heading "In This Episode" which includes links to some of the performances.
I quite liked it. There were a few things that had me wondering "were they really able to do that in 1941?" but overall it was well done. Some nice character stuff, as well as a nice reference to what I have no difficulty believing was the political agenda during wartime.
It's listed as a one-off on imdb, but they definitely left things open if they wanted to do more.
Really liked it. And I usually am not interested in WW2 stories.
I just spotted that the latest -- and last -- season of Doc Martin will start on Mar 21 on the Seattle PBS. I think some of the other affiliates have already begun airing this season.
I personally thought they should have ended the series at the end of season 4 ... but I'm still happy to have more.
Did you catch Sampson from Downton Abbey? I saw the season 2 of The Paradise and hated it.
Has everyone been enduring begging season. I'm sorry but I am so tired of Suzi Orman, Wayne Dyer and all the others. My local stations had a "classical music" program. Turned out it was so they could sell the CDs. It's like one long infomercial week.
A reminder that the new seasons of Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge begin this Sunday, March 30th.
As long as Sam West is on, will keep watching Selfridge.
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