Hello all you lovely people!
Has spring found it’s way to your corners of the world? Every day here I am excitedly finding signs that we are moving further into spring, with snowdrops and crocuses around the house, and the first days of sitting outside in the sun eating lunch. I’ve got to say, a little bit of sun does wonders to raise your spirits doesn’t it?!
School is keeping me very busy right now. We are coming up to the more final stages of this years projects. Which means we are now busily sewing away at our dresses. Which is lots of fun, but I am slightly regretting the decision to do a very sequin heavy dress, with all the sequins sewn on by hand…. But hopefully the result will be worth it all 🙂
I was just thinking it was a really long time since I last posted anything about a period drama I’ve watched on here. And believe me there has been plenty of new good ones since I last wrote about one. So I thought I would do a little list here of some of the great series I’ve seen over the past year or so. Obviously there are such amazing series like Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife that you guys already know about, and know how much I love, so I won’t really mention those. Except to say that if you haven’t seen them, DO! And if you have, well just watch them again 😉
So here goes.
1. Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993)
I really can’t understand why it took me such a long time to hear about this wonderful series based on the books by P.G. Woodhouse. But once I got started watching these together with Andrew we were both so sucked into it that we finished all the seasons in no time at all.
Jeeves and Wooster is set in the 20s, Bertie Wooster is a charming but not so very clever young man of good family who has little to do with his time except go to his club and go visiting people at great estates, getting into all sorts of trouble. And Jeeves is his very wise and capable valet. Wooster is forever coming up with “ingenious” plans to help people, but they always end up not going quite as he had planned and Jeeves always has to step in and save the day. It is so clever and funny, and packed full of amazing quotes. And of course what really goes to make it so good is that Jeeves is played by the brilliant Stephen Fry and Wooster by the equally brilliant Hugh Laurie. And they both do a fantastic job pulling those characters off.
I think it is a 4 season long series, and very well worth seeing! I couldn’t find a proper trailer for it, so instead I will post this clip for you to take a look at. 🙂
2. John Adams (2008)
There are many films telling the story of how America became a country, the war of Independance, but none that I have seen have been so historically accurate or realistic as this one. John Adams is a miniseries from HBO and it tells the story from a slightly different perspective. Its focus is on the political side, not the military, and it is told through the eyes of John Adams. It gives a more humble view of the events of the time, which makes it more realistic. I think it is a incredibly well made and good series. It took a while before I got really in to it, but after an episode or two I did and then I very much enjoyed it. I think it is a series that deserves more attention than it is given, a lot of people seem never to have heard of it, yet it depicts such a famous and popular topic. So I would heartily recommend it!
To make it even better there is one thing that I just love about this series. The clothes. They are just so real looking! They look like the kind of clothes someone would have worn, not a costume. And the materials are all proper, sturdy and once again, believable. I think this care and attention makes the characters seem to come alive even more.
3. Outlander (2014)
Now Outlander is different from the other series here in that it is based on more of a fantasy book. Or books I should say, because there are several. I got the recommendation to watch Outlander when it first came out from one of the ladies in my class. I had not heard of it or the books preivously but when she told me that it was set in two eras, the 1940s and the 1740s I knew I had to watch it. Two such good eras in one and the same film, sounds too good to miss out on!
The basic story of Outlander is that after the war a couple travel to Scotland for a holiday, while there the wife is magically transported back to the 1740s and the Jacobite rising. While trying to get back to her own time and her husband she slowly starts to adapt to life in a different era.
It is not the most historically accurate of series, but it is still fairly good in that sense. And I did find some episodes to be very slow and uneventful while some were great. But I did really enjoy it, and am eagerly looking forward to season two coming out later this year!
I really, really love this series! For those who don’t know what ANZAC stand for it is Australia and New Zealand Army Corps and came at first from the combined forces from these two countries in the first world war. Living together with a military historiy obsessed kiwi this is something I have heard a thing or two about in the last year or so. So when this series came out I was quite anxious to see it, it sounded like something right up my alley. And it was.
It is the story of army nurses who travel from New Zealand and Australia to nurse their soldiers in Egypt, Turkey and France in WWI. As anything set during the war it is filled with hardship and heartache, but it is also very beautiful and filled with the stories of these girls who are based on real people. And if I had lived during the war I think I would have liked to be a nurse, as horrific as it would have been, to have been able to do some good, just like these girls do. I am aware they have more liberties in this series than they probably would have had in real life though. Best I can do for now is to make myself a uniform like theirs, and that is high up on my list of projects!
I cannot recommend this series enough, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long time!
So those are my recommendations for this time. I’m sure I have more to tell you about, but for fear of making this post too long I will leave it at this for now. Let me know if you’ve seen any of these and what you think of them. Or if you haven’t, well maybe there is something there that strikes your fancy 🙂