Meet my baby-sitter:
I've mentioned before that when Spencer isn't home I have either music, an audiobook, or the television playing. What can I say? I don't like being in a quiet house.
While Spencer and I tend to gravitate towards AMC shows (The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, and Breaking Bad), I will forever and always be a fan of BBC shows. My love for Downton Abbey and Doctor Who has been fairly well documented on this blog, but with Spencer being in Utah since Friday (I join him tonight!), I've had the opportunity to relish in more BBC period dramas. Let's review:
Call the Midwife
Oh, good gracious, not an episode passes wherein I don't cry watching this show. And it's usually "Oh my gosh, everything is so beautiful!" tears. Set in the late 1950s, Call the Midwife follows young midwives and the nuns they live and work with as they serve the people of London's poorest neighborhood. It's based on the memoirs of a woman who did just that, and it is absolutely fascinating. Does this show make you want a baby? Fo' shizzle. That's the point, as it's totes propaganda for the Get Britain Fertile campaign (more info here). Season 1 is on Netflix and Season 2 is on pbs.org. WATCH IT NOW!
Remember that bit how I love Doctor Who? So of course I love Billie Piper, and when I saw that she played Fanny Price in a recent version of Mansfield Park, well, I had no choice. Jane Austen is my home-girl, but I simply did not enjoy reading Mansfield Park. The movie version, however, was delightful! Maybe because we didn't have to hear any of Fanny Price's self-righteous, tedious inner-dialogue? Probs.
North and South
I've probably seen this miniseries three times, and I still get a silly grin on my face over Mr. Thornton's declarations of love. Based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel of the same title, this miniseries chronicles the budding love of Mr. Thornton and Miss Hale against the social commentary regarding industrial Britain and the treatment of the factory workers. but, gah! Mr. Thornton! Think of him as the 21st-century version of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy. Speaking of which...
Pride and Prejudice
I cannot even count how many times I've seen the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice. Yes, I'm talking about the 6-hour version! My family recorded it off the tv via our VCR back in the day, and we ran that VHS into the ground. The ground! Now I do the same with my DVDs, like I'm doing right now. :)
Next on my list will be this new series, Broadchurch, because do you see who will be in it?!?! Be still, my David-Tennant-loving heart!