All Thing PBS

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  1. dardar1126

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    I really enjoyed The Poisoner's Handbook...fascinating look at the developement of forensic chemistry in the early 20th century.

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    Now it's time for an expedition...

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    Fascinating documentary of the attempted recreation of a miserable, dangerous journey...6 modern adventurers, 22 foot boat, freezing cold :cold:, crappy food, always wet, rough and dangerous seas...and this is only after about 5 days at sea and only about 25% of the sea journey covered! :eek:

    I can't wait for Parts 2 and 3! :watch:
     
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    http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/tca-pbs-touts-ratings-gains-defends-downton-delay-1201065408/

     
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    I've seen a couple of episodes of Vicious, and I thought it was one of the worst things I've seen on TV. Ever. I don't find couples bickering to be entertaining anyway, but when it's dripping with out-of-date stereotypes it's offensive and sickening. Awful, just awful. And I'm astounded that top-notch performers like McKellan and Jacobi would take on such roles.
     
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    Well, that's one vote for "SKIP IT!" :judge:

    But now I HAVE to see it. ;)
     
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    ^ Oh yes, definitely see for yourself. I'd been "warned off" by someone else before I watched, but that made me even more curious ...
     
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    ^^^
    Anticipating this!
     
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    Our PBS station has been replaying the Jimi Hendrix bio on American Masters & I just can't keep myself from watching it over & over. I did not realize he was such an introvert offstage. Who knew Dweezil Zappa had grown up into such a handsome young man????

    The other one I admit to watching more than once is Don McLean: American Troubadour. He has never been one of my favorites, but I had to take another look after I heard Roberta Flack named him as the subject of Killing Me Softly. (And go back in my memory wondering how I never knew that when I was a young kid singing along with every word!)
     
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    I thought this was a very interesting documentary...a glimpse of the man behind the mind.
     
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    Christopher Plummer stars as the famous actor.
     
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    ^ 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.
     
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    Thank you!
    The article makes me look forward to the program even more.
     
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    Brilliant acting! :)
     
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    It certainly was!
     
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    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!!
     
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    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.
     
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    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

    Any others?

    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.
     
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    RE; Great performances at the National Theater.
    I hope I don't forget. I'd love to see that. Thanks for the information!
     
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    ^ 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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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. :lol:

    The ending was a bit rushed, but I thought it was well done overall, very enjoyable.
     
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    Yes I enjoyed it very much.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.