And MORE Garrow’s Law – thar shall be sailors and mollies

28 October, 2010 at 6:15 pm 1 comment

I must say, Mr. Garrow sure keeps me on my toes today. The first reports from the recent screening for the press giving more details emerge.

BBC One hits back at Downton Abbey with Garrow’s Law return

I’m not sure the BBC has much to hit back there. Downtown Abbey has everything I should like, it’s well-made and there are excellent actors, but it just didn’t manage to captivate me. What can I say, I’m a fickle member of the audience.

Back to “Garrow’s Law”, though, and looking at the stories we can expect, the readers of this blog will very likely be as pleased as I am. And it’s also good to see the BBC doesn’t avoid themes which are usually skipped during history lessons. According to beehivecity.com, we can expect Mr. Garrow to tackle, among other things:

  • Slavery through a massacre prosecuted as an insurance fraud (the previously mentioned Zong Massacre)
  • The grave implications of being gay in the 18th Century
  • The mistreatment of injured and disabled sailors in war campaigns

Those issues haven’t been chosen at random; they all have a very clear connection to our lives today. Unfortunately, some people are mentally still stuck in the 18th century. Take Michael Culkin (Judge Buller), for example, who is quoted as saying about the cast:

“The reason we’re such a happy gang? Because there’s only one woman in the cast.”

I see, somebody’s been to the Duke of Edinburgh’s School of Humour… you might want to have a look at your audience before making further comments of that kind. Personally, that one woman is of far more interest to me than you, Mr. Culkin. Consider yourself whacked on the head with my fan and fallen out of grace, Sir.

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