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Poldarks, old and new










The “Poldark” TV series now playing on Masterpiece Theater was a big hit in England and seems to be gathering fans here.  Certainly Irish actor Aidan Turner, who plays the sexy and dashing new Ross Poldark, is fast becoming a heart-throb.  Those who watched the 1970’s television series of the same name will remember actor Robin Ellis as a cooler, more gentlemanly Captain Poldark.  Back then the 29-episode series was one of BBC’s biggest hits, so I wondered why a new adaptation of English author Winston Graham’s books was being produced in 2015.  Now I know what a difference 40 years can make.  The new series shows the beautiful, windswept Cornish coast as lovingly as the first version did.  But the characters seem like a new breed.  By the way, Robin Ellis plays a minor role in the new series.  Did you recognize him as the local judge, Reverend  Halse in the new version?






–posted 11/7/2016





Posted November/7/2016

Gerald Durrell’s “Corfu Trilogy”

durrellIf you are wondering why Gerald Durrell’s “Corfu Trilogy” isn’t listed in, it is because the books are autobiography, not fiction.  The six-part series “The Durrells in Corfu”, currently running on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater is based on three books by Durrell:  “My Family and Other Animals”, “Birds, Beasts and Relatives” and “The Garden of the Gods.”  Though the prolific English author and naturalist wrote plenty of fiction, these three books have always been billed as autobiography, despite the post-show sales pitch by Laura Linney for the “original novel.”  I’ve long been a Gerald Durrell fan and wouldn’t think of missing a Sunday evening episode, but I have to tell you that the shows aren’t nearly as entertaining and funny as the books are.

–posted 11/7/2016

Posted November/7/2016

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