Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:21 AM
Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:27 PM
If I recall correctly, the fashion for white wedding gowns didn't begin until Queen Victoria wore a white gown for her wedding to prince Albert in 1840. GE was published in 1860. So I guess Miss H. would have been very fashionable to have a white wedding gown if her wedding day was sometime after 1840.
the white gown makes her look ghostly. But I think a faded or pale colored gown would have conveyed a better image of decay.
In this version, Compeyson's jilting letter was dated 1797 (or 1791, couldn't tell exactly).
There were 3 different versions of the wedding gown made, meaning to show decay throughout the production. They all ended up in London's Dickens museum for a while.
Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 4:05 PM
Miss Havisham remained too pretty - the creeping wreckage should have done more than chap her lips and tousle her hair.
I saw some 1980s music videos the other day, and towards the end, Miss Havisham looked like Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons.
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 10:07 PM
While I thought the actor playing him did fine, the writing really let Wemmick down. I'm guessing his character was a casualty of the time constraints - if we'd had even an extra hour, we might've seen Walworth and the Aged Parent. *sigh* I love Walworth and the Aged Parent.
As it was, I thought the series did a terrible job conveying Wemmick's divide in his professional and private life. I was watching with my mom, who hadn't read the book since junior high, and she asked me why Wemmick was so mean to Pip at first. She thought maybe he looked down on Pip for his upbringing or the nature of his fortune. The way his manner changed when he went off with Herbert and Clara was really the only indicator of London Wemmick vs. Walworth Wemmick.
I thought Herbert was really the only character that completely worked for me in writing and acting. He was just spot-on, and Harry Lloyd's performance was amiable enough to keep me from thinking about Son of Mine. I especially loved the "Herbert Pocket - delighted to meet you," when Magwitch had him thrown up against the wall. Bwah!
I know TV can't be as wordy as a novel, but I really missed Estella's speech to Miss Havisham, the one about how it's like she was raised in the dark and then expected to understand light. I always thought that was a great analogy.
I'm not sure whether to be excited or apprehensive about Edwin Drood. I've heard fantastic things about Little Dorritt (though I haven't read that book yet), so maybe Great Expectations was the anomaly.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 8:54 AM
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:45 AM
Anyhow, this is the second period piece with a male actor who is prettier than the leading lady.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 11:48 AM
Anyhow, this is the second period piece with a male actor who is prettier than the leading lady.
In this case, I thought it was appropriate because he was referred to as a "bright boy," and they seemed to mean that in a glowy, shiny way, not necessarily brains, and he was the golden boy that mom and dad loved best. The girl was pretty, but mostly seemed to be an object of desire just because she was promised to the object of jealousy. It never really was about her.
I liked this enough to want to read the book, though at times it got a little murky on-screen. It was nice to have some authenticity to the lighting and to get a sense of what the world was like lit by candles and gas lamps, but then that meant some scenes were too dark to see anything.
I thought the legal assistant who went investigating practically stole the show. He was having way too much fun with that role.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 12:28 PM
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Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 3:47 PM
What other endings have dramatizations of E.D. used, and what do people think of this one?
Posted Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:48 AM
Using the opium dreams to show that Jasper confused reality with wishes was smart. Even Jasper didn't know what happened and was begging to know how the story ended.
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Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:42 AM
Matthew Rhys did a very nice brood. Except for the stalk-y stuff, I found it very appealing.
Freddie Fox is nothing but English Acting Pedigree. Cousin to Laurence of Lewis, brother of Emilia of the 95 P&P, son of Joanna David and Edward Fox, nephew to James Fox and casting director Celestia Fox. And a bright boy to boot!
And I'll need a ticket on the 'Bazzard is teh awes' train. David Dawson, who indeed stole every scene, had a much happier effect on me than when he played the sado grandson of Pam Ferris on Luther.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:43 PM
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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:29 AM
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:32 PM
“MI-5,” “Hustle,” “Waking the Dead,” “Primeval,” and “New Tricks,” – some of which currently air in Britain — will share the WETA UK lineup.
Love all those old British comedies and dramas? “All Creatures Great and Small,” ““Ballykissangel,” vintage “Doctor Who,” “Waiting for God,” “Inspector Morse,” “Monarch of the Glen,” “Fawlty Towers,” “Prime Suspect,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” “Robin Hood,” “To the Manor Born,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Are you Being Served?” — and “Masterpiece” productions from back when it was called “Masterpiece Theatre” — we could go on and on. Anyway, if you do, you’re in luck – they’re on the menu too.
Plus, episodes of the original BBC “Antiques Roadshow,” which not only spawned the U.S. version of same name, but gave birth to all those little “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” that have thrived and proliferated across our great cable universe.
Saturday nights on WETA UK will be all about movies – feature film length contemporary drama.
Puts For Sale on lawn. It's DC or bust for me!
Edited by choochi, Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:35 PM.
Posted Apr 20, 2012 @ 8:38 PM
I agree that Bazzard was probably the best part; I loved his character in the book, and I really like that they made him Dick Datchery. However, I do wish we'd gotten at least a bit more of his dynamic with Mr. Grewgious. They were great together in the book.
Really, though, everyone played their parts very well. Jasper was fantastic, and Edwin was pitched perfectly. I thought the writing and acting was such that the characters really felt lived in. There was over-the-topness in characterization - it's Dickens, after all - but even so, they seemed like people rather than Characters in a Costume Drama Adapted From a Classic.
One scene I loved was when everyone wanted Rosa to sing and Jasper watches her from the piano. The extreme closeups on the different parts of Rosa's body conveyed the situation perfectly. After seeing that, I COMPLETELY get out she'd be skeeved out by Jasper.
My main disappointment with the production was the sad lack of Mr. Tartar. By the time the book cut off, he'd barely been in it, but he made a big impact in a short time and I was sad not to see him here. I wanted to see the contraption he rigged to send his flower boxes back and forth between his window and Neville's, so Neville could enjoy the flowers without having to take care of them.
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:07 AM
I'm enjoying this very much. Eddie Redmayne's face is so emotive, he almost doesn't need lines. I like the contrast between the horrifically ugly war scenes and the breathtaking beauty of Isabella's surroundings, and I thought the painstaking suspense of the love story mirrored the tension in the tunnels. I also admired the way the actors at war looked so shell shocked and exhausted -- well done all of them.
I don't entirely trust Isabella. Her sister's warning must have meant something.
I hope nothing happens to Firebrace.
No more blown open chests, please, I'm "Downton Abbey," not "Hamburger Hill."
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:14 AM
Looks like we (at least in DC) are almost getting what we are talking about earlier - almost an all MT channel. I just got an email from Channel 26 that says "Washington, D.C. -- On June 2, WETA Television will launch WETA UK, an innovative local channel devoted to presenting British television programming at its best, around the clock, seven days a week and featuring classics, new favorites, and contemporary series currently airing in Britain." It actually looks like what BBCA should be - British TV shows besides cooking shows and Top Gear.
I like this, but I'm bummed they're getting rid of the Create Channel----I love my DIY shows just as much as I love my Britcoms.
I liked Birdsong. It was like "All Quiet on the Western Front" meets "Upstairs/Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"
Edited by Milz, Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:16 AM.
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:59 AM
I'll spoiler font this from a review:
which I take to be good news as I recall I had "problems" with that part (not dissimilar to the juxtaposition in Atonement or Possession)
PHILLY: "Birdsong" brings another lavish drama to Masterpiece Classic on PBS
Edited by susan sunflower, Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:00 AM.
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Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:51 PM
I'm pretty well convinced that if Vincent D'onofrio had a baby with Ioan Gruffudd, he'd be the guy who played the hubby Rene.
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:56 PM
Has anyone already read the book? Any advice?
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Make Up & Hair Design
full list: http://www.bafta.org...12,3236,BA.html
Meanwhile, at the main British Academy Television Awards, Joseph Mawle has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor. for playing Jack Firebrace. Full list of nominees: http://www.digitalsp...es-in-full.html