Period Drama iPod – Charles Dickens





CharlesDickens_iPodCharles Dickens’ iPod
Broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Saturday 25 December 2010 12:00-12:30

Charles Dickens wrote and performed songs all his life. As a little boy, his mother stood him on the table in the local pub to sing; as a successful writer he sang to his guests after dinner. He also wrote the libretto for an opera.

Recorded on location in Dickens’ drawing room, with biographers Claire Tomalin and Michael Slater and actor and writer Simon Callow. With singers Gwyneth Herbert, Thomas Guthrie and Laura Crowther.

Producer: Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

captured from iPlayer, 128kbps 44Khz, runtime 28:03

Minnamurra 1989 (aka) Wrangler

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Underrated leading man Jeff Fahey carries most of the dramatic weight of the Australian Wrangler. Fahey plays a handsome, athletic businessman who vies for the hand of rancher’s daughter Tushika Bergen. Our hero must not only contend with his romantic rival, a dashing but dangerous cattleman (Steven Vidler), but also with a villainous creditor who craves the land left to Bergen by her late father. By nature of its plotline and setting, Wrangler can’t help but invite comparisons to the popular The Man From Snowy River. Still, the stars and director Ian Barry keep up the appearances of freshness and originality.

Genie’s POV: I really enjoyed this film and tend to watch at least yearly. I own this film. The nice thing about watching period dramas is that they don’t age.

Minnamurra 1998

Poldark Reboot adds names

Phil Davis, Jack Farthing & More Join BBC One’s ‘Poldark’ Reboot

By Patrick Munn – April 11th, 2014 @ 10:50 am UTC
Category: News / UK News

BBC One has rounded out the cast for their upcoming 8 episode Poldark reboot.

Phil Davis (Whitechapel), Jack Farthing (Blandings), Kyle Solder (Anna Karenina), Warren Clarke (Red Riding), Beatie Edney (Poirot), Alexander Arnold  (Skins) and Robert Daws (Holby) have all boarded the drama; while Robin Ellis, who played Ross Poldark in the original 1970s series, is also set to appear in two episodes in a recurring role.

Poldark is set in late 18th century Cornwall when Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.

Davies has been cast as Jud, Ross’ lazy manservant Jud; Farthing as ambitious banker George Warleggan; Solder as Francis Poldark, Ross’ cousin; Clarke as Charles Poldark, Ross’ uncle; Edney (Poirot) as Prudie, Jud’s wife; Arnold as Jim Carter, Ross’ farm hand; Daws as Dr Choake; and Ellis as Reverend Halse. They join a cast which also includes Aidan Turner (Being Human) as Ross Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen) as Demelza, Ruby Bentall (The Paradise) as Verity and Heida Reed (Silent Witness) as Elizabeth.

This new 8 part series, based on the series of novels by Winston Graham and the 1970s television series, is being adapted by Debbie Horsfield, directed by Endeavour helmer Ed Bazalgette and produced by Mammoth Screen. Eliza Mellor is serving as the series producer; while Polly Hill, Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer are executive producing. Production on Poldark is now underway in Cornwall and Bristol, with BBC One eyeing a 2015 premiere.

“We’re so thrilled by the Poldark cast, and we feel particularly privileged that Robin Ellis has agreed to join this  stellar line-up – it’s a great tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s scripts”, said Executive Producer Karen Thrussell. “Robin is looking forward to returning to Winston Graham’s world, and we will be welcoming him with open arms! We can’t wait to start shooting next week and begin this epic journey in the stunning Cornish landscape.”

Northanger Abbey


Catherine Morland, who comes from the comfortable family of a village clergyman, is invited to Bath for the season by her wealthy friends, Mr. and Mrs. Allen. In Bath she meets Isabella Thorpe, a sophisticated young woman whose brother John is a friend of Catherine’s brother, James Morland. Isabella encourages Catherine’s interest in romantic fantasies and “horrid” fictions. After Isabella becomes engaged to James Morland, she tries to promote a romance between Catherine and her irresponsible brother, John Thorpe, but Catherine is more interested in a young clergyman she has met, Henry Tilney, the son of General Tilney of Northanger Abbey. Under the illusion (fostered by John Thorpe) that Catherine is wealthy, General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger Abbey. There Catherine’s imagination runs wild: she becomes convinced that Northanger Abbey is like the setting of a gothic novel and that General Tilney had murdered his late wife. She is humiliated when General Tilney returns suddenly from London and orders her to leave the abbey. This action is based on another false report from John Thorpe, who claims that Catherine is totally without wealth and has deceived the general.

Northanger Abbey was written in the later 1790s but not published until 1817. Begun as a satire on the improbable plots and characters of the typical gothic novel, such as Mrs. Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), Northanger Abbey developed into a treatment of Jane Austen’s favorite theme, the initiation of a young woman into the complexities of adult social life.




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