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TV: Do Not Miss! Banished and Poldark will Start this Week!

And so it begins!

BANISHED
BBC Two
Thursday, 5 March, 9pm

In his latest TV drama Banished, writer Jimmy McGovern tells a brutal story about the first British convicts to be transported to Australia.

Read more here!

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Russell Tovey (right) alongside Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind-Tutt

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Anne Meredith (Orla Brady), Elizabeth Quinn (Buring) and Katherine McVitie (Joanna Vanderham)

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Russell Tovey (James Freeman)

But what I’m personally waiting for is the result of the rumoured spray-tan

POLDARK
BBC One
Sunday, 8 March, 9pm

The very lovely vampire dwarf Aidan Turner plays a stubborn but heroic Cornishman who returns from the American War of Independence to discover that his father has died and his fiancee is betrothed to another man.

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I’ll be watching this mostly for historic research.

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Mostly.

 

4 March, 2015 at 11:48 pm 1 comment

2015 goes 18th and 19th Century, telly-wise – what can we look forward to?

I’m still waiting for something to even remotely provide me with the entertainment and delight of Garrow’s Law and the handsomeness that’s Andrew Buchan (and no, neither “Call the Midwife”, “Downton Abbey” nor “Mrs Brown’s Boys” will do, thank you very much), but at least there is a faint light on the TV horizon for 2015 for us aficionados of the 18th and 19th century.

Let’s start with

POLDARK
with Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza).
BBC1, 8 episodes, scheduled for March 2015

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Kíli finally had a shave, of sorts. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) Image Credit: BBC/Mammoth. Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Yes, yes, I know – Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees left mighty big shoes to fill, and there’s a good number of Poldarkites who feel there is no need for a re-interpretation. But after 40 years – why not? I’m confident that both Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson have the talent to tackle this task. Let’s wait and see (or rather, watch); I’ll definitely do the latter. And come on – Aidan Turner in uniform, what’s not to love!
He’ll always be Mitchell to me.

BANISHED
with David Wenham (Captain Arthur Phillip, 1st Governor of New South Wales), Joseph Millson (Major Robert Ross), MyAnna Buring (Elizabeth Quinn), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Tommy Barrett), Russell Tovey (James Freeman) a.o.
BBC2, 7 episodes, scheduled for Spring (?) 2015

Ah, now that sounds interesting! “Banish” will follow the lives and dares of a group of convicts (and their guards, I suppose) who try to survive in Australia in 1788. Very fascinating material (remember Jack Davenport in Mary Bryant? Yes? Ah…), and I’d watch just about anything with George Russell Tovey, but David Wenham as well? We’re spoiled!

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MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt & Russell Tovey in BBC Two’s “Banished”

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MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt & Russell Tovey in BBC Two’s “Banished”

And, just in case I haven’t emphasised this enough: David Wenham in uniform! Quick, quick, pass the smelling salts!

David Wenham, heart of oak

Faramir never looked better.

Last but definitely not least:

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL
with Eddie Marsan (Mr Norrell), Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange) a.o.
BBC1, 7 episodes, tba, 2015

Eddie Marsan (Mr Norrell), Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange)

Eddie Marsan (Mr Norrell), Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange)

Anybody here surprised that this is the one I’m the most excited about? No? I thought so. I CAN’T WAIT! BRING IT ON, BEEP! HUZZAH!

Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass (Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…

If you know of anything else of interest coming up on television this year, please let me know.

And if none of this should be to your liking, you can still tune in on Monday, ITV1, 9pm, and watch “Broadchurch”, where Mr. Garrow and Mr. Pullings will deliver excellent drama.

3 January, 2015 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

The Great Fire of London – now with additional Andrew Buchan!

Rejoyce, fellow history lovers and afiçionados of the ever lovely Andrew Buchan – I come bearing good news for you!

ANDREW BUCHAN TO STAR IN ITV’S FOUR PART MINI SERIES “THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON”

Inspired by the real events of 1666 when nearly half of London was destroyed in less than a week, the drama is written by Tom Bradby, political editor of ITN and author of Shadow Dancer. The story unfolds over four consecutive days as the fire takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames amid a threat to the monarchy. Buchan will play humble baker Thomas Farriner in whose shop the fire began on September 2, 1666.

Don’t mess with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and Thomas Farriner’s artisan bread!

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Any excuse for a picture of Andrew Buchan at his prettiest!

And it’s delicious news for us Royal Navy buffs: Daniel Mays will play Samuel Pepys – yes, that Samuel Pepys, Mr. Il faut que je leave it least it bring me to alcun major inconvenience, that one! I love the casting for that role!

8 March, 2014 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

Shake it, Baby! For the 18th Century Bairn who has Everything

I admit I find this item as exciting as a ceremonial sword, and depending on the previous owner, it might have been just as dangerous…!

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Here we have a very rare  – as it’s still intact! – 18th century baby rattle/teether!

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This little piece of art is made from red coral (the teether-part) and silver.

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Fitted with a whistle, it offers many opportunities for an adventurous child to drive mum and dad up the wall.

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Made in 1793, according to the Antiques Roadshow expert buying this for your baby would set you back £ 1’500 – with all bells and whistles!

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24 May, 2013 at 9:34 pm 2 comments

Extraordinary 18th Century Sewing Box. Sew Cute!

I have two left hands and ten thumbs, so I admire this item for the art it represents rather than the art you could create with it. And art it is; without a doubt one of the cutest sewing boxes I’ve ever seen! Without further ado: Sewing Cottage!

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It’s made of engraved ivory; lined in sandalwood, and was created in Visakhapatnam, India.

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The expert of the Antiques Roadshow dated it to the second half of the 18th century and estimated its worth to at least between £ 5’000 and £ 8’000. You’d have to sew and sell quite a few handkerchiefs for that!

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19 May, 2013 at 11:38 pm 1 comment

Horatio Nelson got a Make-Over

After the finding-royals-under-the-car-park fad, we now have the give-history-a-make-over craze.

Historical hipsters: Shakespeare and Elizabeth I get makeovers from modern artists

I admit, seeing “Elizabeth I” and “hipster” in one sentence is painful; Shakespeare, however…

For Yesterday’s series “Secret Life of…”, historian Dr Suzannah Lipscom and a team of digital artists have given a number of historical portraits a modern make-over. Maybe nothing for purists, but I think it’s a fascinating idea, though the execution is a bit hit and miss. Marie Antoinette looks like Lindsey Lohan. Maria Theresia is nicht amüsiert.

But this – this, dear friends, is priceless:

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In case the title of this post wasn’t a give-away:

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Genius! I absolutely love the robotic hand! Now I’d like to see modern!Collingwood, wearing dungarees and battling snails in his cabbage patch in Morpeth.

Well, I have a contribution as well. Beat that!

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Well, and then there’s this, of course – yes, we’ve had it before, but it’s so amazing, it deserves an encore. Plus, you can never have too much of a good thing.

garrowextras39 Young Mr. Garrow with a Squirrel (1765) or Andrew Buchan, re-incarnated

2 May, 2013 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

A bit Off-topic, but who could resist these incredible Victorian Earrings? Not me!

While the focus of this blog is on all things 18th century, with emphasis on the Royal Navy, I sometimes come across something which is either so bizarre (the Battle for the Eternal Light, for example!) or awesome that I stretch the timeframe a little. In any case, this is still Age of Sail, though thoroughly not sailing related!

Dear readers, I give you

A BOX.

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CONTAINING VICTORIAN OWL EARRINGS.

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OWL EARRINGS!

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TAWNY OWL EARRINGS! IN A CAGE!

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If you’re not squeeing with delight and pawing at the screen right now, then – well, then you don’t. But these earrings are some of the most astonishing pieces of jewellery I’ve ever come across. According to the Antiques Roadshow expert, the owls date to between 1865  – 1868, and he valued them at £ 3’000 (!!!).

And the cherry on top of the awesome-cake: the owner does still wear these earrings – the last time at a Harry Potter fancy dress party! Go you, Hedwig!

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22 April, 2013 at 8:46 pm 4 comments

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