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“Mrs Wilson” On PBS “Masterpiece” Is Kind Of Different, But Very Watchable.

by Anura Guruge


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Appears that complete episodes are available on YouTube
for free.


We saw the trailer on PBS, multiple times, though we couldn’t garner much from it. But, it was a “Masterpiece” and that meant I recorded it automatically.

We watched 90-minutes of Episode 1 that aired last night.

We liked it, though it was NOT what we were expecting. Not lavish drama. But, interesting and intriguing. Definitely captivates you.

We will finish it tomorrow and we are already looking forward to the next episode.

Wanted to make sure I shared it with you.

Check it out. PBS will air it at least once this week (most likely on Saturday) and it is available online.


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“Victoria”, Season 3, On A Par With The Excellence Of Seasons 1 & 2.

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Watched it (off DVR) tonight and were delighted. Yes, yes, it lives up to expectations. As good as the prior seasons, albeit just based on this very first episode. Gripping subject — the French Revolution across the Channel. We were captivated.

That none of the cast get any older, though about 9-years have passed, since we first met her, is a bit disconcerting, but it is nice to have all the familiar faces about.

Yes, definitely recommended. Try and catch it. PBS will be showing Episode 1 all week.


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With “Vanity Fair” Amazon Prime Video Sets Out To Compete With PBS “Masterpiece”.

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We have so far watched episode 1 and most of episode 2. It is very good, indeed. Lavishly and painstakingly produced. Visually very pleasing.

Compelling story too. No, I had not read William Makepeace Thackeray’s book (alas). Classic mid-19th century period drama. Reminded me of “Howards End“, “Importance of being Earnest” & “Wuthering Heights”.

Definitely worth watching. Very rewarding.

I am glad that I got an e-mail from Prime giving me a heads-up on the availability of this series.

So, now I am passing this on. A ‘Prime Original’. Money well spent by Amazon. Bravo.


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“Victoria” Season 3 Coming To A PBS Station Near You In January 2019.

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Saw the trailer for Season 3 on PBS the other day and it made our day. Loved Seasons 1 & 2. Don’t think we realized that there was going to be a Season 3. Sure glad there is.

Looking back I see that Season 2 premiered in January 2018. So, Season 3 is coming exactly a year later. So, that must have been the plan all along.

Sure pleased. Wanted to share with you. Now you know. I will remind you, closer to the start.


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The New “The Miniaturist” Series On PBS Is Sure Worthy Of The “Masterpiece” Appellation.

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It is NOT biographical BUT the dollhouse exists. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronella_Oortman


Over three decades PBSMasterpiece Theatre‘ has rarely, if ever, disappointed I. So, when I happened to see the trailer for ‘The Miniaturist’ I took note. I recorded it on Sunday and watched it today.

It is definitely worthy of being labeled ‘Masterpiece’. It was gripping from the start.

Yes, given that it is set in Amsterdam, in the same timeframe, it will remind you of ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring‘ (the 2003 movie). This is better. So, just before writing this I did some research and found what I shared with you before. Not a true story, out-and-out. But, the people and the actual dollhouse are real. Then there is divergence. But, it is OK.

Helps if you know a tad about Calvinism and its hold on The Netherlands in the 17th century. But, not appreciating the subtleties will not detract.

I enjoyed it, immensely. Highly recommend it. It is PBS, so you should be able to catch the episode, on air during this week, on the Web.


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“Victoria” Season 2, On PBS “Masterpiece”, Now — Continues The Magnificence Of Season 1, Seamlessly.

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Outstanding. We finished watching the first two episodes of “Victoria“, Season 2, shown back-to-back on Sunday, January 14, 2018, on Tuesday night.

It just carried on from Season 1 with nary a dissapointment. Yes, the Queen’s dresser, the lady from Wales, has left but that is about it.

Maintains the same, well-paced cadence. Beautifully shot. It is indeed a Masterpiece.

A definite MUST WATCH.


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“Victoria” Season 2 Will Start On PBS “Masterpiece” On January 14, 2018.

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Victoria” on PBSMasterpiece“, earlier this year, was very engaging, educational and easy on the eye. We watched every episode, greedily. Did NOT realize, until we suddenly saw a trailer for it on PBS today, that there was a Season 2. We are delighted. Can’t wait. It should be good.

So, this is a heads up.

They are going to rerun Season 1 starting December 17, 2017.

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The NEW PBS Masterpiece Theatre “The Collection” Might Not Be Everybody’s Cup Of Tea.

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It may be a tad too dark, intense and ‘adult in bits’ for some. Definitely not ‘Downton Abbey‘.

If you like that period, Paris, 1940s photography and some LUSCIOUS 2017 videography with the most vivid reds you are ever likely to see, this will appeal (though there may still be scenes that you might not appreciate).

Given all the time I have spent in Paris (which means that most of the places shown are familiar) and my familiarity with French/Paris history during and after WW II (much of it learnt from the excellent book “Is Paris Burning?“, I found it interesting. All loved the scenes of the American photographer using a Rolleiflex to take black-and-white images.

If you are into this stuff you might want to give it a try.


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The PBS Masterpiece “My Mother And Other Strangers” A “Home Fires” Look-Alike BUT Not As Good.

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I recorded it on Sunday for two reasons: the Gerald Durrell inspired title tickled me and it look like an extension of ‘Home Fires‘ — that we have come to adore.

Yes, it is another life in Britain during WW II movie — with a lot of yanks about — albeit, this time set in Northern Ireland rather than in England

Though there are times that you think you are yet again watching ‘Home Fires’ it is nowhere near as compelling and intense. But, Teischan likes it and that is good. I am happy. IF you like British period pieces from that era you should at least watch one episode and see what you think.


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PBS Masterpiece “Dark Angel” With “Downton Abbey” ‘Annie’ Is Quite Compelling — Though Disturbing.

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It aired on Sunday, BUT I am sure you can still find it on reruns on PBS or definitely online.

Compelling, period-piece story. The sheer quantity of deaths, especially of children, is a downer.

But, Annie makes up for it and it is kind of funny and strange to see her wantonly fornicating.

Definitely worth watching. Just one episode from what I can tell. I still have it on my DVR.


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