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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.

 

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4 March, 2015 at 11:48 pm 1 comment

Rejoice! Garrow’s Law will be repeated on BBC4! And what we missed…

Time to dry your tears, my friends: thanks to BBC4, you can now enjoy once more all series and episodes of the wonderful 18th century drama “Garrow’s Law”, featuring the very lovely Andrew Buchan. Yes, I know, this was a long sentence, but never shortcut a lawyer. Repeats will start on 20th June, 2012, 10pm!

GARROW’S LAW

But don’t put those voodoo dolls of Danny Cohen – that’s the fine gentleman at BBC responsible for the axing of Garrow’s Law, to finance stellar new glittery TV drama experiences like, for example, well, can’t think of anything now, but I’m sure it’s all fantastic – because according to Tony Merchant, this is what we didn’t get to see:

“There would have been a ‘medical negligence’ storyline involving Lady Sarah in childbirth in a time when the power of male doctors was unassailable and death in childbirth common enough not to raise questions about the ability of doctors.”

Click to read the interview

14 June, 2012 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

The Double Captain Manley, with additional Pegleg

Once again, the “Antique’s Roadshow” was full of surprises for the navally inclined among us. It all started with a couple who brought along the portraits of an officer and his ship.

“This belonged to my anchestor, rear Admiral John Manley, I believe, who was born, I think, at the beginning of the 1700s and he died somewhere in the late 1700s.”

Three huzzah’s for detailed information… but let’s have a look at John Manley’s possessions, maybe they’ll tell us more. First there’s this amazing travel globe, made in 1754 by Nathaniel Hill.

Dear readers from Australia and the USA, please have a look at these details – looks like you were still mythical beings!

Imagine, John Manley sailed the world with that wee globe in his hand, and obviously returned to tell about it! Amazing! And here’s the gentleman in question:

Unfortunately, neither expert nor family gave any further information about John Manley, not even the name of his ship was mentioned. Boo! There were no close-ups, either, so I couldn’t identify the ship (or even if there was a ship!) in the officer’s portrait. Please see the painting below (same ship, two different sights).

And as every decent tar, John Manley dressed to kill while on shore leave – just have a look at his splendid shoe buckles!

The buckles are worth about £ 1’500, the globe £ 5000 – £ 7000, but the true value here is the history. No value was given for the paintings, and I was left wondering once more how much of the AR is real and how much is staged. I don’t want to rule out that there are peope who have two large oil paintings, an antique globe and sparkly 18th century shoe buckles in their house and never notice them, but I find it very hard to believe nobody in that family ever thought about trying to do research on these items. If not out of interest in family history, then out of financial interest.

I did a quick research, as I’d love to know more about John Manley and his ship. But as usual, things became complicated very quickly – looks like there were two John Manleys!

According to Louis Arthur Norton in his book “Captains Contentious: The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine”, one John Manley seems to have deserted from the Royal Navy in Boston and made a career in the Continental Navy and the United States Navy (that would be this gentleman, I assume).

The other Manley stayed with the Royal Navy. He served as fourth lieutenant in HMS Dublin during the 1770 Falkland Island crisis, made post-captain in 1782 and died in the rank of a vice-admiral. That seems to fit in with the portrait; I’m not an expert, but it has very much an end-of-1700s/early 1800s feeling about it (uniform, no wig, stocks). Anybody out there who knows more? Please yell!

And last but not least: a peg leg! Previous owner unknown, early 19th century, maybe even Napoleonic. £ 500 – £ 700, and it came with a love declaration from one of the owners to Hilary Kay. Awww…

9 April, 2012 at 8:07 pm 2 comments

Garrow’s Law axed: The Pox on you, BBC!

While I’m aware that the source for this devastating news is The Sun and therefore everything has to be taken with at least four grains of salt, I still have to say

CURSE YOU, BBC!

The BBC1 costume legal drama had four million-plus audiences but channel chief Danny Cohen wants to make more room for “better” shows.

Miserable addle plots! Bracket-faced, gallopping gollumpuses! Gooseberry-eyed crab lanthorns and dandy prats! You should cross the pond at the king’s expense! And if that quote should be correct: may you step barefoot on a lego, Mr. Cohen!

An insider said: “As with Zen and Lark Rise To Candleford, difficult decisions have to be made so Danny can bring in new shows like Call The Midwife. That’s been pulling in over nine million viewers and is BBC1’s most successful drama in at least ten years.”

This is an outrage. I know it’s hard to believe, but some members of the audience can actually cope with more than one quality drama per year. No, really. I’ve managed to enjoy Sherlock, Being Human and Garrow’s Law without my head exploding from quality overload.

I’m very disappointed.

4 February, 2012 at 10:35 pm 5 comments

Garrow’s Law: Please tell the BBC that you want more (and here’s how to do it)

Mark Pallis posted regarding the fate of a fourth series for “Garrow’s Law”,

“according to a recent statement from the BBC, the “jury’s still out”.

Well then, let’s get the jury back in, on our side and a fourth series coming!

You can either make yourself heard on the BBC’s POV messageboard or to email them: pov@bbc.co.uk

If you, like me and millions of fans around the globe, would love a fourth series, now’s the time to let the BBC know. Please, make poor William smile again and drop the BBC a mail today!

20 January, 2012 at 10:06 am 11 comments

2011 in Review: The Joyful Molly didn’t do too bad.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for The Joyful Molly.

BBC – please take note what TV show people were most interested in!

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 75,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

10 January, 2012 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Index of Molly Joyful’s “Garrow’s Law” Reviews

Looking for a specific review? No need to trawl through all entries in the “Garrow’s Law” category anymore. Here are links to all my reviews. Please note that these are not the official titles of the episodes.

SERIES 1

Episode 1: Untitled

Episode 2: “Could the real Monster please stand up?”

Episode 3: “The Killing of the Mighty Squash”

Episode 4: “Will Success spoil William Garrow?”

SERIES 2

Episode 1: “The Bull is back in the China Shop”

Episode 2: “Mr. Southouse and the Joyful Molly-House”

Episode 3: “Let them eat Cake”

Episode 4: “A Shilling well spent”

SERIES 3

Episode 1: “Not the Madness of King George”

Episode 2: “Luddites and Liars”

Episode 3: “Dark Forest of the Soul”

Episode 4: “The Baby in the Basket”

SERIES 4

What can I say, I’m an optimistic kind of girl!

7 December, 2011 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

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