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Post  inversed on Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:17 pm

This topic should probably be called "Masterpiece Classic's BBC Rebroadcasts" but I figured I should stick with continuity.

In searching for something to fill the void until the new season of Downton Abbey starts over here, we rented Brideshead Revisited. And I could not get into it, despite how adorable Jeremy Irons is. I really, really wanted to like it, but I just kept falling asleep. :( I hope we have better luck with Lark Rise to Candleford.

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Post  The Glen on Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:20 pm

I was the same, inversed. It's something I would theoretically be interested in watching, but I found it mind-numbingly, excruciatingly dull, and that was just the first episode.

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Post  big chicken on Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:46 pm

I really enjoyed The House of Eliot. It's about two sisters in the 1920s who start a fashion house. It's glorious costume porn. I never got around to seeing the third and final season--I may do that during the holidays.

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Post  QueenSix on Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:30 pm

Oh, The House of Eliot. So many memories of watching that on a Sunday at teatime when it was on. Good times, and yes, costume porn out your ears! Making them fashion designers was just inspired.

Has anyone seen Poldark? A few years ago, one of the digital channels reran it on a daily basis and I was hooked! Cornish accents, shot gun weddings, true loves marrying another and then years down the line realising that it wasn't the true love that they loved, it was the woman they actually married because she was pregnant after one night 18th century nookie! Ye gads!

There were two series but I only ever saw the first one because they never aired anymore. Plus I heard that there's something not right about the DVD version but I can't remember what. I hope another channel airs it again.

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Post  big chicken on Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:27 pm

I don't know if ABC's Pan Am can be considered costume drama but I can't find a better thread to put this. Apparently, all nine episodes of Pan Am are currently available for free in the Apple store. I'd link but this computer doesn't have Quicktime and the browser crashes when I try to open iTunes.

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Post  Unlucky Bear on Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:28 pm

Trailer for Season 2 Sherlock. A 30-second clip, looks like it's for the episode <<
Spoiler:
"The Hound of Baskerville."
>>There are four clips up on the BBC's YouTube channel: "Reckless Nor Hurt," "Run Rocks Shelter," "Rush Relents Rock" and this one.

I can't think of where else to put this.....it's sort of like a modern costume drama, right?
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Post  Gallifrey Girl on Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:06 pm

Gah! Want to watch Sherlock clips, but I am such a spoiler phobe. I just get warm fuzzies knowing there out there, cos that's gotta mean the whole thing is coming soon.

A while back I watched the original pilot for the first modern Sherlock, and then watched the remade, aired version. So interesting to see what they kept, what changed, and what was gone.

And as for older costumed dramas, I enjoyed Little Dorrit, Andy Serkis scenery chewing aside.

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Post  big chicken on Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:19 am

When you say older, do you mean in terms of time period or an older version of Little Dorrit? Because I tried watching the recent one with Matthew MacFayden and I gave up after two episodes because I realized I had no idea what the hell was going on.

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Post  Gallifrey Girl on Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:24 am

I was meaning older in time period (as opposed to the modern Sherlock)! Yeah the Matthew MacFadyen is the one I mean - I really liked it!

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Post  Coneycat on Thu May 31, 2012 10:10 am

The more clips I see from the upcoming BBC Shakespeare's-histories thing, the more I want to quit my job and move to the UK to watch television. This is going to be spectacular.

Two videos, one a trailer for the whole Hollow Crown series (Richard II, Henry IV parts one and two, Henry V) and the other a clip from Henry V:

Hollow Crown trailer

Henry V will not surrender, you silly French person

Um, yeah. My English-teacher dad and I will be in throes of nerdy bliss when this comes out in a format we can watch in Canada...

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Post  Luthien on Thu May 31, 2012 10:41 am

I'm trying to make words that make sense, but all I can do after those clips is wibble: Tom Hiddleston! John Hurt! Jeremy Irons!A lot more people I recognize but can't put names to! I think my brain just exploded from the awesome. I love Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry V and I can't wait for this. I confess I've never read or seen Part 2 or Richard II but this looks like a very good way to be introduced to them. I really like Branagh's version of Henry V but I am very excited to see a new take. The "band of brothers" speech will be awesome, I know it already. And as a bonus, I'm sure the psychotic Hiddleston fans will bring some delightful new crazy.

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Post  Coneycat on Thu May 31, 2012 10:44 am

Since I got these clips from people who reformatted them for North American and linked them on Tumblr in the first place, I got no problem whatsoever with Tom Hiddleston's online fans. I have seen far worse since I got online in 1997.

Topic: holyhellthisisgoingtobesoawesome. I am actually getting pre-emptive goosebumps just thinking about the "band of brothers" speech. Ooh.

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Post  Cynara on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:28 pm

So Netflix assumed that because I loved Downton Abbey, I would also love North and South. They were not incorrect, inasmuch as I will watch, for hours, literally anything with people wearing excessive amounts of clothing not admitting they love each other. It was late, so I wasn't sure I was ready to be onboard with the For Great Justice portion of the story (19th century English millworkers unite [behind Bates! BATES I LOVE YOU]!...It's not working!) but I went ahead anyway.

Holy mother of God, Richard Armitage. Is this a party and I'm late to it? Because I have not seen such effective smolderbrooding since Last of the Mohicans, and even Daniel Day-Lewis had to be mostly naked to accomplish it. You never see anything beyond Armitage's upper neck and he's still pants-droppingly hot. So then I went on imdb and realized he's the guy I saw for two seconds in the Hobbit trailer and was like Y HELO THAR. So yeah. That's happening.





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Post  Coneycat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:51 pm

If it's Richard Armitage you crave, you might want to try the Robin Hood series done by BBC a few years ago. It's... well, it's not good, but Armitage is one of the main villains and he is all over the thing. Smoldering.

And then check out the last two episodes of Vicar Of Dibley, in which Armitage plays the accountant who wins the vicar's heart. Less smolder, more adorable, but very effective.

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Post  big chicken on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:56 pm

I'm pretty sure Armitage is in the last few seasons of MI-5 and if you like the manpain, MI-5 spoons it out in liberal doses. I've only watched through the Matthew MacFayden and Rupert Penry-Jones years, but I see no reason why the writers would suddenly allow their leading man a moment of happiness.

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Post  bbridges on Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:32 pm

Mr. Thornton (as played by Armitage) is my top Masterpiece Theater hottie. He is so repressed and smoldering.
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Post  Fiammetta on Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:53 pm

Oh, drool, Richard Armitage. Yes, Mr. Thornston is so repressed and sexy, I'm definitely due for a rewatch. I guess I need to check out The Vicar of Dibley, then.

He's going to be a smokin' Thorin Oakenshield, all angsty and grasping for his inheritance.

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Post  Unlucky Bear on Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:17 am

Dwarves shouldn't be hot. Richard Dwarfitage does not compute.
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Post  Gillian on Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:40 am

Unlucky Bear wrote:Dwarves shouldn't be hot. Richard Dwarfitage does not compute.
I saw that Comic-Con had t-shirts that said "I *heart* Hot Dwarves" and I was like, "Uhhhh. Richard Armitage is the only reason that shirt is possible."

My friend made me watch North & South about two years ago, and yeah. My reaction was exactly the same as yours, Cynara. It's always hard to put this in writing, but I think he does it for me even more than Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy does. I KNOW. Blame that "Look back at me" scene. And the ending. Which I may or may not go watch on YouTube in a couple of minutes.

Whenever my sister or I have a bad day at work, we always send this picture to cheer each other up. Because it is hilarious. Nobody has ever smelled a flower so intensely as John Thornton.

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Post  Cynara on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:03 am

That pic is awesome. "I LOVE THIS FLOWER. PERHAPS IF I START PAYING MY WORKERS ENOUGH TO FEED THEIR CHILDREN IT WILL LOVE ME BAAAAACK [SMOLDER]"

For serious, that dinner party scene where he comes up to Margaret and her boobs and says perfectly politely "I'm very sorry your mother was too ill to attend" but what he's actually doing is eyefucking her into the floor? I almost had a coronary.

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Post  Coneycat on Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:26 am

Gillian wrote:
Unlucky Bear wrote:Dwarves shouldn't be hot. Richard Dwarfitage does not compute.
I saw that Comic-Con had t-shirts that said "I *heart* Hot Dwarves" and I was like, "Uhhhh. Richard Armitage is the only reason that shirt is possible."

I dunno, between Armitage and Aidan Turner as Kili, I am starting to rethink dwarves as a species. And thinking I will also need to go to the City of Bones movie, though I probably won't read the book first!

[Topic]-- Aidan was also in a BBC Two costume drama called Desperate Romantics, as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which looks like another case of "worth it just for the pretty," if I can find it anywhere...

And did, at the public library. Hold placed!

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Post  airisu on Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:10 am

Unlucky Bear wrote: It's always hard to put this in writing, but I think he does it for me even more than Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy does. I KNOW. Blame that "Look back at me" scene. And the ending. Which I may or may not go watch on YouTube in a couple of minutes.

So true. People always talk about Colin Firth as Darcy, but I have to say Richard Armitage as Thorton takes the cake. And it's all cos of the "Look back at me" scene. I'm not always a fan of angsty leading men, but he brings repressed smoldering to a whole new level. Woof!

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Post  wenchsenior on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:16 pm

Coneycat wrote:
Gillian wrote:
Unlucky Bear wrote:Dwarves shouldn't be hot. Richard Dwarfitage does not compute.
I saw that Comic-Con had t-shirts that said "I *heart* Hot Dwarves" and I was like, "Uhhhh. Richard Armitage is the only reason that shirt is possible."

I dunno, between Armitage and Aidan Turner as Kili, I am starting to rethink dwarves as a species. And thinking I will also need to go to the City of Bones movie, though I probably won't read the book first!

[Topic]-- Aidan was also in a BBC Two costume drama called Desperate Romantics, as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which looks like another case of "worth it just for the pretty," if I can find it anywhere...

And did, at the public library. Hold placed!

You guys, is that City of Bones movie the one that is also going to star Johnny Rhys Meyers? And is it the same one as based on the book by that fanfic writer that went pro? Or am I confusing them?

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Post  wenchsenior on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:18 pm

Coneycat wrote:The more clips I see from the upcoming BBC Shakespeare's-histories thing, the more I want to quit my job and move to the UK to watch television. This is going to be spectacular.

Two videos, one a trailer for the whole Hollow Crown series (Richard II, Henry IV parts one and two, Henry V) and the other a clip from Henry V:

Hollow Crown trailer

Henry V will not surrender, you silly French person

Um, yeah. My English-teacher dad and I will be in throes of nerdy bliss when this comes out in a format we can watch in Canada...

WANTWANTWANTWANTWANTWANTWANT

In conclusion: excited!

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Post  xyzzy on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:18 pm

I had no idea this Hollow Crown thing was happening, but I am squeeing. I like Jane Austen as much as anybody, but I'm ready for some Shakespearean war and anger and romance.
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