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TV Worth Watching: Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

December 28th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

Yet another of the great BBC Documentaries that caught my eye recently. It is so serendipitous when i find one of these. I am almost never looking, specifically, for a television show about X, Y or Z, but when it is placed in my path, I am always amazed and entertained. As a devoted viewer of UK television, I think series like these are one of the best aspects of their television system — whether publicly funded by the BBC or commercially on ITV or Channel 4.

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Even as someone who is not very religious, the history and meaning found in pilgrimage certainly make for an enlightening and entertaining show. You can watch both episodes on YouTube below.

Description from BBC.com:

“For centuries, pilgrimage was one of the greatest adventures on Earth, involving epic journeys across the country and around the world, and new BBC Two series Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve sees Simon retrace the exciting adventures of our ancestors.

He meets inspirational modern travellers, sees extraordinary sights and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage, including the vice, thrills and danger that awaited travellers. He explores the faith, the hopes, desires, and even the food that helped to keep Medieval Britons and more recent travellers on the road.

In the first episode, Simon embarks on a 500-mile journey beginning at one of the earliest sites of Christian pilgrimage in Britain, the island of Lindisfarne. He retraces the footsteps of some of Britain’s first Christians to Canterbury who made the journey some 1,300 years ago.

Such Medieval travellers believed that journeys of endurance, suffering and sacrifice to a holy site would help them find a place in heaven. But Simon discovers the inspiration behind pilgrimage has not always been religious devotion and piety and was often a chance for long-suffering peasants to get away from a life of drudgery and explore their land.

On his way from the Holy Island in the North to the shrine of Thomas Beckett at Canterbury, Simon explores the vast network of pilgrimage sites across Britain. His first stop is to Lincoln Cathedral, then on to the remote village of Walshingham in Norfolk, where he joins thousands of people on an annual pilgrimage.

Next stop, London – once the gateway of pilgrims heading to Canterbury – and Simon discovers why so many visitors stopped at London Bridge. And for the final leg of his journey, Simon joins a group of Chaucer enthusiasts as he trails the route from London to Canterbury made famous by the Canterbury Tales.”

 

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Episode 1

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Episode 2

 

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TV Worth Watching: All Creatures Great and Small (BBC) 1978-1990

December 22nd, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


All Creatures Great and Small

We recently subscribed to Netflix for the first time and one way we tend to use it is to re-visit older series that we have enjoyed in the past. One such series is All Creature Great and Small which aired on the BBC from 1978-1990.  The show is a dramatization of the original stories by James Herriot in the book of the same name and its sequels.

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The gentleness of the the stories and characters has always attracted us to the show as well as the original books and I would highly recommend you check out the series either via Netflix or versions found on YouTube.

Description from IMDB.com

“James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the 1940’s. He is assigned to the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who (together with his mischievous brother Tristan) already have a successful business. James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county (including the Farnon brothers) as the animals in his care.”

 

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TV Worth Watching: Who were the Greeks? from the BBC

July 27th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


TV Worth Watching: BBC Who were the Greeks? (3 episodes)

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Another great documentary from the BBC on the Ancient Greeks and everything they brought to the world. This is another show for my “Own Private Master’s Degree” collection as it provides a great, overall understanding of who the Greeks were, how they lived and fought and how they fostered knowledge that we still rely on and respect today.

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TV Worth Watching: Poirot

July 21st, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


TV Worth Watching: Poirot

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I have been watching Poirot since its launch in 1988 and have loved David Suchet’s portrayal of the “fussy, little Belgian detective.” The series has consistently drawn me back again and again over the years. I have found Suchet’s portrayal to be excellent and enjoyable in every way. He is exactly what I think of when I read the original Poirot stories.

Today’s post in TV Worth Watching is driven by this article from the Los Angeles Time detailing the final series of Poirot, which marks Suchet’s recording of the entire Poirot canon of stories. 

David Suchet bids farewell to Agatha Christie’s Poirot

David Suchet, who has played Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot on TV for the last 25 years, completes his run — and the character’s canon.

GALMPTON, England — The final push to the top of his personal Everest consisted of about 50 dainty steps, in the precise and idiosyncratic gait he has perfected over 25 years.

David Suchet paced up to the door of the house, glanced around, gave a tip of his hat and the ghost of a smile, and disappeared inside. When the cameras stopped rolling, he emerged and raised his arms in triumph as a crew member called a wrap on one of the most remarkable achievements in recent British television history.

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Of course, the best thing about television and movies is that, barring any great disasters, we will always have our favorite shows to revisit through the years. In fact, I have recently been watching some older Poirot episodes since the current series has been a long time coming.

You can watch Poirot on PBS in the US and it is also available on many video on demand services (see links below)

Complete first episode from this final season of Poirot

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TV Worth Watching: Shock and Awe – The Story of Electricity

June 22nd, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


TV Worth Watching: Shock and Awe – The Story of Electricity

Another amazing BBC science documentary. I consider shows like this My Own Personal Master’s Degree. I am very self-directed in my education and shows like this can help expand my knowledge greatly. I also love science, so I tend to “geek out” on shows like this when I find them. I most love the combination of history and science that these documentary’s provide. I think it is a great way to explore a subject deeply, but in ways that the average person can understand.

This 3-part series covers the history of our discovery and taming of electricity and how it has deeply and dramatically effected human life.

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From the BBC 4 Web Site…

Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force – electricity. Until fairly recently, electricity was seen as a magical power, but it is now the lifeblood of the modern world and underpins every aspect of our technological advancements.

Without electricity, we would be lost. This series tells of dazzling leaps of imagination and extraordinary experiments – a story of maverick geniuses who used electricity to light our cities, to communicate across the seas and through the air, to create modern industry and to give us the digital revolution.

Episode one tells the story of the very first ‘natural philosophers’ who started to unlock the mysteries of electricity. They studied its curious link to life, built strange and powerful instruments to create it and even tamed lightning itself. It was these men who truly laid the foundations of the modern world. Electricity was without doubt a fantastical wonder. This is the story about what happened when the first real concerted effort was made to understand electricity; how we learned to create and store it, before finally creating something that enabled us to make it at will – the battery.” — BBC

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TV Worth Watching: Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England

June 15th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England 

What would you need to know if you were time traveling back to Elizabethan England? What would you need to learn to move among the poor, the rich and the up-and-comers in 16 Century Society. Learn it all in this excellent documentary series with Ian Mortimer, writer of the books of the same name.

I love series like this. They are given the time to fully explore a period of history or a section of science or the arts without ignoring huge swathes of history or important information. I am alway keeping watch for new, similar documentaries from the BBC. They rarely fail to entertain as well as inform.

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“Ian Mortimer transports viewers back to Elizabethan England and reveals, in vivid detail, a living, breathing Tudor world. Viewers learn how ordinary Tudor housewives turned plants into medicine, how the middle classes kept themselves clean using linen cloths, how the poor made pottage, how cooks of the rich devised recipes for new ingredients, and how Tudors learned to read and write.” — BBC

From Amazon.com…

From the author of one of the biggest-selling history books of recent years, the follow-up to The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England. The past is a foreign country — this is your guide.

We think of Queen Elizabeth I as ‘Gloriana’: the most powerful English woman in history. We think of her reign (1558-1603) as a golden age of maritime heroes, like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake, and of great writers, such as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time?

In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a prospective traveller to late sixteenth-century England would ask. Applying the groundbreaking approach he pioneered in his bestselling Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, the Elizabethan world unfolds around the reader.” – Amazon.com

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TV Worth Watching: Mechanical Marvels Clockwork Dreams from the BBC

June 8th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Mechanical Marvels Clockwork Dreams

Another amazing documentary from the BBC which explains how innovations in clockwork led to more and more lifelike automata designed for the entertainment of the rich in the early 18th Century. I am always amazed at the quality of these BBC Documentaries and how much I learn with each one. I have had the pleasure, in the past, to see some amazing automata at a performance at the Magic Castle and I have always been fascinated with them and amazed at how complex these devices could be, especially considering that most of them were made long before what we think of as “technology” even existed. 

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“Documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata – extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.

The film brings the past to life in vivid detail as we see how and why these masterpieces were built. Travelling around Europe, Simon uncovers the history of these machines and shows us some of the most spectacular examples, from an entire working automaton city to a small boy who can be programmed to write and even a device that can play chess. All the machines Simon visits show a level of technical sophistication and ambition that still amazes today.” — BBC

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TV Worth Watching: Springwatch 2013

May 27th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Springwatch 2013

Springwatch is the type of show I don’t think could ever be produced here in the US. It is a quintessentially Uk show that goes out LIVE with coverage of the amazing Springtime wildlife as the season takes the country. With cameras seemingly everywhere in their host nature reserve, they follow the fledging of birds, the movement of animals and everything nature each evening.

There are happy stories — and also a few sad ones — dictated not by some script, but rather by nature itself. You can watch episode 1 of Springwatch 2013 in the YouTube video below and also find more information on the Springwatch web site at the BBC. There you can also follow the 24/7 live webcams of nesting birds and other activities.

 

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TV Worth Watching: Torchwood

May 19th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Torchwood

As a big fan of Doctor Who, I was quite eager to watch this spin off when it first aired in 2006. We had seen the main character, Captain Jack Harkness in several Doctor Who episodes and that provided a bit of continuity to attract us even further. Torchwood (and anagram of Doctor Who, used as a code name during production) is a more adult show than Doctor Who with a bit of sex and violence and deeper, more pyschological story lines. We quite enjoyed the first 2 seasons of the show, but I found the story arcs of Season 3 and Season 4 (produced in the US in partnership with the Starz network) to be a bit dark for my usual viewing sensibilities. That said, as I am rewatching Season 1 and 2, I am remembering why I liked it so much when we first saw it. Each episode is well written, engaging with a bit of science fiction thrown in for leavening.  

 

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TV Worth Watching: Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course

May 12th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course

 I must admit that I never would have thought I would watch anything by Gordon Ramay. After seeing pieces of his various shows I found him entirely unlikable and the confrontational style put me off immensely. Imagine my surprise then, when a friend pointed out this Ultimate Cookery Course from Gordon Ramsay and told me I had to watch it. I couldn’t believe it, but after checking out the first episode I was amazed. Gone was the bluster, the pushiness, the rather obnoxious behavior. Instead there was a chef who cared deeply about food and offers up some great recipes and advice on cooking technique.

Most of the series is available via YouTube using the links below. There is also a cookbook highlighting some of the recipes from the series.

Watch first 20 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course episodes of here

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