I don’t usually blog about documentary shows, but my female readers (and males too) might really eat this one up like candy.
Perhaps since we’re facing mid-terms in the United States this November and it’s time to vote again, this might give you the incentive to register and get out to exercise your right. Even though this is about the British woman who campaigned for the vote in England, it is no less poignant to realize the sacrifices many women made to bring change about in a man’s world.
Our wonderful Lucy Worsley, is an English historian, who does fascinating shows from the King’s Bedchamber, Six Wives, Empire of the Tsars, Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court, and many other wonderful documentaries. This particular one is probably the best I’ve seen with re-enactments and personal testimony of the ladies who fought. Frankly, it’s far much better than the recent movie in 2015.
Like many others, I knew about the protests, the arrests, the forced feedings while incarcerated, but I didn’t appreciate the years and ingenuity these ladies used. Yes, perhaps much of it turned radical and violent out of anger and frustration because no one cared to listen. Parliament ignored and pushed the women to their limits. Violence brought about the attention they craved, but ultimately it took a World War to bring about change. You may judge them for their violent tactics, but some of their other schemes were down-right brilliant. Who knew that Edwardian women understood the power of branding?
The show is currently streaming on BritBox.
It’s even got 100% on the Tomatometer.
LINE OF DUTY fans were in for a treat last night when Jed Mercurio dropped a teasing look at the upcoming fifth season of the hit BBC drama after the Bodyguard finale.
Source: Line of Duty season 5: Ted Hastings and Kate Fleming RETURN as Steve Arnott unrecognisable
3 Kernels for the Show – 1 for the Stupid Ending
I don’t think I’ve ever watched a television series that has left me so bleeping mad that I cursed at the end and screamed, “what the hell?” BEWARE, before you tune into this BBC mystery now streaming on BritBox. They canceled the bleeping show and left everyone hanging at an extremely critical point in the story. Before you invest yourself in six episodes, please be aware it’s going to cause you to swear at the end.
After saying all that, it’s a story about a woman who returns to find her long-lost son who she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier. Apparently, it’s based on characters from the soap opera EastEnders, which I haven’t watched. It’s filmed in Ireland.
As the story unfolds, it’s a fairly good mystery with a few surprising twists that kept my interest through the six episodes. It’s the ending that leaves you hanging, but apparently the question of “survival” is answered upon the return of the characters to EastEnders, which I’ve not seen. I can only say it’s a rotten way to treat the audience and poor planning for those who are not invested in the soap opera or its characters. Frankly, it’s down-right cruel RTE One and BBC One. What were you thinking?
If you want to read more about the show and episodes before investing the time to watch it with the full knowledge of the outcome, I suggest you travel over to old Wikipedia.
My first thought at seeing the landscape in this Australian outback setting brought a question to mind. How do people live in such a harsh environment? Wonderfully shot with some stellar overhead views of the vast scenery comes a crime mystery about two missing men on an outback cattle station.
Judy Davis plays a sassy middle-aged policewoman (Emma James) who is reluctantly paired with Aaron Pedersen (Jay Swan), an over-zealous detective. Emma is quirky and knows the town/area like the back of her hand, while Jay saunters in as the gun-slinging Aussie cowboy type in boots and a hat ready to get dirty and solve the crime.
The six episodes of what happened and who-done-its keep audiences well engaged in a mystery that unfolds bit by bit. Like a slow peel of an onion, the more layers stripped away in this mystery down a dusty road, the stinkier the core becomes. It’s a great show, well acted, and engaging. The Aussies are giving the Brits a good run for their money on this outstanding series.
Interspersed between the main crime are the sideline stories of father and daughter problems, as well as a drinking estranged wife. Add that to the brother and sister relationship and secrets from centuries past regarding their ancestors who settled the land before them, you have some good side plots.
Check out the series but bring bottled water. After a few hours of the dry Outback, you may get thirsty along the way or need a dish of ice cream to cool off.