December 31, 2016

Documentaries from BBC

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Of all the dangers Elizabeth I had to survive – the Spanish Armada, a Catholic continent plotting against her incessantly, restless nobles uneasy at serving a queen who refused to marry – none was so personally intense as her rivalry with another woman – her cousin and fellow queen, Mary, Queen of Scots. This was her longest, most gruelling battle – lasting over two decades, it threatened to tear apart both Elizabeth and her kingdom. In the end, it would force her to make the hardest decision of her life.

The two queens stared across the ultimate divides of their time: Protestant and Catholic, Tudor and Stuart, English and Scottish. Their fascination with one another grew into the greatest queenly face-off in our entire history. And yet, in 26 years of mutual obsession, they never actually met. Their confrontation was carried out through letters – a war of words so heartfelt and revealing that the two queens’ passions can still be felt.

For the first time on television, this chronicle of love turned to hatred, of trust betrayed by plot and bloodshed, is dramatised purely from the original words of the two queens and their courtiers. Expert historians examine, interpret and argue over the monarchs’ motives for their ‘duel to the death’ – for in the end only one queen could survive such emotional combat.

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An exploration of the BBC's love affair with the lives and works of the Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - which has proved irresistible to drama and documentary makers.

Being the Bronte’s

Being the Brontes - One Drive

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To mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, Martha Kearney, novelist Helen Oyeyemi and journalist Lucy Mangan travel to Haworth Parsonage, the home of Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne, to discover the inspiration behind their classic novels Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey.

Just two years before the books were published, prospects for the three unmarried sisters were bleak. Their brother was battling alcoholism, Charlotte was hopelessly in love with a married man and their father was going blind. But by 1848 they were a literary sensation. To find out how this extraordinary turnaround happened, Martha, Lucy and Helen each immerse themselves in the life of a Bronte sister. From everyday routines at the Parsonage to walks on windswept moors, from harsh schooldays to misadventures as governesses, the trio learn how the Brontes combined literary genius with real-life experience to create some of the best-loved novels in the English language.

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A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

The Marvellous World Of Roald Dahl

Image result for The Marvellous World Of Roald DahlFighter pilot, inventor, spy – the life of Roald Dahl is often stranger than fiction. From crashing his plane over Africa to hobnobbing in Hollywood and his remarkable encounters with everyone from Walt Disney to President Roosevelt – this is the story of his greatest adventures and how his real-life escapades find expression in his most famous books, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Matilda. Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, the story is told largely in his own words with contributions from his last wife Liccy, daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock. Long-term collaborator and illustrator Quentin Blake also creates exclusive new drawings for the film which are specially animated to bring Dahl’s marvellous world to life.

December 30, 2016

Simply Judy Garland....I Don't Care

Today's theme song is brought to you by 
Judy Garland and by
 those moments, 
maybe days,
possibly years, 
when you know exactly who you are and need no one else's opinions to feel good about yourself. 
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on a side note: how gorgeous is her dress?!  
Only a legend like Judy Garland could fling her arms around like that and still look amazing.  
If it was me singing and dancing it would  be a very different story.
the audience would be thinking,
"Girl, you better care!  Fling'n your arms all over the place like a crazy person...throwing off everyone's groove..."

Judy Garland 
 "I Don't Care" from

"In the Good Old Summertime." (1949)
They say I'm crazy 
Got no sense 
But I don't care 
They may or may not mean offense 
But I don't care 
You see, I'm sort of independent 
I am my own superintendent 
And my star is on the ascendant 
That's why I don't care 

I don't care, I don't care 

What they may think of me 

I'm happy-go-lucky, they say that I'm plucky 
Contented and carefree 
I don't care I don't care 
If I do get a mean and stony stare 
If I'm not successful 
It won't be distressful 
Cause I don't care 

A girl should know her etiquette 

Alas, alack 

Propriety demands we walk a narrow track 
When fellas used to blink at me 
I'd freeze 'em and they'd shrink at me 
But now when fellas wink at me 
I wink at them right back! 

I don't care I don't care 

If people frown on me 

Perhaps it's the lone way 
But I go my own way 
That's my philosophy 
I don't care I don't care 
If he's clerk or just a millionaire 
There's no doubt about it, 
I'll sing and I'll shout it 
Cause I don't care 

Oh, I don't care, I don't care 

When it comes to happiness, 

I want my share 
Don't try to rearrange me 
There's nothing can change me 
'cause I don't care!
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December 29, 2016


Youve always  had the power  my dear,  you just had to  learn it  for yourself.    The Wizard of Oz: ►► A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should.:

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December 28, 2016

Simply - Debbie Reynolds

TCM Tribute to Debbie Reynolds


Leslie Nielsen & Debbie Reynolds (Tammy & The Bachelor) 
Full Movie 1957

December 26, 2016

praying for time - George Michael

Praying for time

These are the days of the open hand
They will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars and the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But we'll take our chances
Because god's stopped keeping score
I guess somewhere along the way
He must have let us alt out to play
Turned his back and all god's children
Crept out the back door

And it's hard to love, there's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it's much too late
Well maybe we should all be praying for time

These are the days of the empty hand
Oh you hold on to what you can
And charity is a coat you wear twice a year

This is the year of the guilty man
Your television takes a stand
And you find that what was over there is over here

So you scream from behind your door
Say "what's mine is mine and not yours"
I may have too much but i'll take my chances
Because god's stopped keeping score
And you cling to the things they sold you
Did you cover your eyes when they told you

That he can't come back
Beacuse he has no children to come back for

It's hard to love there's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope when there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it's much too late
So maybe we should all be praying for time

December 16, 2016

Signs You're Officially Getting Old

1. Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt doesn't work.

2. The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.

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3. You feel like the morning after and you haven't been anywhere.

4. Your little black book contains only names that end in M.D.
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5. Your children begin to look middle aged.

6. You finally reach the top of the ladder and find it leaning against the wrong wall.

7. Your mind makes contracts your body can't meet.

8. You look forward to a dull evening.

9. Your favorite part of the newspaper is "20 Years Ago Today."

10. You turn out the lights for economic rather than romantic reasons.

11. You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.

12. Your knees buckle, and your belt won't.

14. You're 17 around the neck, 42 around the waist, and 95 around the golf course.

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15. Your back goes out more than you do.

17. Your Pacemaker makes the garage doors go up when you see a pretty girl.

18. The little old gray haired lady you helped across the street is your wife.

19. You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there.

20. You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.

21. You get your exercise acting as a pallbearer for your friends who exercise.
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22. You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions.

23. You're asleep, but others worry that you're dead.

24. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

25. You buy a compass for the dash of your car.
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26. You are proud of your lawn mower.

27. Your best friend is dating someone half his age...and isn't breaking any laws.

28. You call Olan Mills before they call you.

29. Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.

30. You sing along with the elevator music.

31. You would rather go to work than stay home sick.

32. You constantly talk about the price of gasoline.
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33. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

34. You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.

35. You make an appointment to see the dentist.

36. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

37. Neighbors borrow your tools.

38. People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you?"

39. You have a dream about prunes.

40. You answer a question with, "because I said so."

41. You send money to PBS.

42. The end of your tie doesn't come anywhere near the top of your pants.

43. You take a metal detector to the beach.

44. You wear black socks with sandals.

45. You know what the word "equity" means.

46. You can't remember the last time you lay on the floor to watch TV.
47. Your ears are hairier than your head.

48. You get into a heated argument about pension plans.

49. You got cable for the weather channel (sometimes referred to as "Old Folks MTV").

50. You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

51. When you bend over, you look for something else to do while you're down there.

November 20, 2016

By Request

You're Invited to view the following shows which have recently been added - for a  limited time only - thanks to many viewer requests.  

The Simply June team has not watched all of them so we suggest looking up a bit of additional show information in case you are unsure if a show is family friendly or not.  

You can also find some show info in link.  


November 06, 2016

Downton Abbey related Documentaries

Know Your Place
Class War
No Going Back
Dr Pamela Cox looks at the grand houses of the Victorian ruling elite - large country estates dependent on an army of staff toiling away below stairs. *on youtube, pbs,


A Sense of History YouTube link to Mike Leigh short film w Jim Broadbent

Secrets of the Manor House
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PBS Secrets of Highclere Castle

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The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

Image result for The Crown (TV seriesThe British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan's masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await.

The first season, comprising 10 one-hour episodes, was released in its entirety on November 4, 2016. A second season has already been commissioned.
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Season 1 (10 episodes)

Ep 1      Ep 2      Ep 3      Ep 4      Ep 5

Ep 6      Ep 7      Ep 8      Ep 9      Ep 10

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Ep 6      Ep 7      Ep 8      Ep 9      Ep 10

Poldark 2 - episode 10

Poldark season 2 finale: 

Poldark -

reviews & spoilers below

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online review #1  from
Tonight, the “Poldark” season 2 finale on BBC One was a tale of heartbreak, a tale of violence, and also a tale of looking towards the other side of the horizon. Understandably so, everyone is starting to look towards the future, which makes some sense given how much time they have all collectively spent staring at the past.
For our title character Ross Poldark, what we saw from him was a further pattern of vengeance-seeking, almost as though he was looking for a source to take out some of his anger. First, George was understandably a target given that he is 1) the worst and 2) he was trying to find more ways to undermine Ross in every way possible, including protesting the sale of his nephew’s shares in Wheal Grace. Then, we saw him consider the opportunity of rejoining the military, which was met with all sorts of cynicism and skepticism. She’s certainly salty, and she’s got a good reason to be that way.
The two spent much of the first twenty or so minutes trading barbs, but matters of the heart came to a head when she admitted to him what she did with Captain McNeil, which prompted him to make the decision to leave. We do understand his viewpoint that his ten-year emotional whirlwind is different than her wanting to be unfaithful as an impetuous act of revenge; yet, the actions are still the actions, and his dalliance lasted exponentially longer.
Ross’ decision to reenlist in the first place was prompted by Dwight pondering over the move himself, a move designed to help him get over his grief after learning that Caroline may be marrying a different man. Ross later passed that news along to Dwight, and went to pay a visit to Caroline herself while Demelza did her part to escape much of the present drama of her life with Verity. This discussion between Ross and Caroline in particular were a rather perfect reflection of who Ross is as a character: He’s so obsessed with the idea of being the “good guy” that he goes in too deep and ends up throwing off the balance of what he originally intended. He pleaded with her for the sake of Dwight to give the good doctor another chance. Whatever Ross said in the midst of his approach, it was at least enough to convince her to approach Dwight once more. They talked, forgiveness was shared, and she kissed him! Could this actually be the rare “Poldark” love story with a happy ending attached? Well, it was still bittersweet given that this romance didn’t change his impending departure.
Following this reunion, Ross had his own decision to make once he determined that Dwight wasn’t going to the military.
The Demelza – Elizabeth showdown – We knew this moment would be coming, and it was every bit as tense and dramatic as you would expect. It was made even more heated in our mind by Demelza’s threat to take her son and depart to her father’s house. What was unknown to Demelza at the time and therefore makes the situation all the more complicated was the fact that Elizabeth was pregnant — these dots were connected all the further near the episode’s end. Sure, this may be the stereotypical TV drama twist, it was certainly delicious and added another layer to what was already a scandalous situation. Was the child George’s, or did it belong to Ross?
Following this crises, there was another as Jud basically threatened to shoot Demelza down. This didn’t exactly inspire a lot of goodwill elsewhere, as it looked like George was going to be at the center of quite a terrible revolt. Sure, George is a scumbag, but is forming an angry mob really the right move to try and destroy him? Demelza actually went to George and Elizabeth directly to issue her warning to them, while George continued to remain a jerk himself, cluing Demelza in on her husband’s plans.
It all comes to a head – Ross eventually heard about what was happening at George’s home, and therefore decided to forgo the military in order to attempt to matters at home. He attempted to play peacemaker and stop the riot. His speech was successful, which proves that sometimes, our hero can stumble into being just that despite some various miscues. This was a reminder that Ross, at his core, is someone who wants good things. He just gets conflicted along the way sometimes. Ross pleaded to his wife that he would be different moving forward, and that closing kiss offers us hope. Will it last? That’s what you must wonder now.
George, meanwhile, decided that he was going to send away Elizabeth’s child to a fancy school without telling her while they began to raise their own … you know, the child that may not actually be his.
Overall – In ending season 2, “Poldark” accomplished a number of different things. It brought us haunting sequences, true love back together, and also pain … LOTS of pain. “Angsty Poldark” could be a title for at least half of the show’s episodes a season. Sometimes, though, having a good cry can be healthy, and if you do so here, at least you’re doing so with one of the best British shows on television. A worthy end to this current batch of episodes. Grade: A-.
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online review #2 from The Telegraph Online
Ross manages to dig himself out of a hole, 
plus 7 other things  we learned

In an action-packed season two finale, Ross Poldark managed to dig himself out of most of the economic and emotional holes he threw himself into over the course of the series. But if Demelza was willing to take him back for now, how long can their marriage possibly last if the time bomb Elizabeth was left holding detonates, as expected, in season three.

What do you think Aunt Agatha meant when she said Elizabeth’s baby might come “sooner” than expected?

Well, it can only mean one thing really, can’t it? Especially with all those ominous lightning flashes and Agatha looking like the grim reaper and making caustic references to Elizabeth’s “pact with the devil” of a marriage to George Warleggan. Clearly, she suspects the child Elizabeth is carrying is Ross’s, and not George’s. Which, it must be said, would be one heck of a devilish misfortune.

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OMG! Are you serious? But surely Elizabeth considered that possibility before now?

Astonishingly, it seems not – at least if the look of complete and utter horror on Elizabeth’s face was anything to judge by. I don't think she even thought of it last week when she said Ross had “taken what wasn’t his by right and walked away from the consequences”. She must be regretting postponing her wedding for that extra month now, because if the baby comes much sooner than expected, oh my word, there will be trouble.

You couldn’t imagine George being happy to raise another man’s child as his own, could you?

No, and least of all Ross’s. It would be like a daily smack in the face for George to come down for breakfast and see him there. Just like the one Ross gave him when he called Demelza a scullery maid. Certainly it would shatter any remaining delusions George has that he had defeated Ross and taken “full possession of the field”. I don't think, even by modern standards, you’d find many who would agree he carried the day if his wife ends up carrying his arch enemy’s child.

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Speaking of which, how in heaven would Demelza take the news?

Badly. After all Ross’s speeches about it being just one night and how the “imperfect” human love he feels for Demelza is so much better than the idealistic love he felt for Elizabeth. I think he’ll find a child might complicate matters fatally when it comes to her capacity to be understanding.

Still, at least they’re together now, and that was a pretty scene they closed on, eh?

It certainly was. If, as they say, I had a pound for every Cornish coastal scene in this series. But that was a particularly pretty one. I only wish they’d spend a few more pounds on the British fleet sailing for France in the background. As CGI goes, it was truly awful.


But it brought to mind the other romantic triumph of the episode, didn’t it?

Ah yes, Dr Dwight’s reunion with Caroline Penvennan. That was rather a nice touch. And lucky for him, I say, that he’d joined the Navy and was sailing at first light. Let’s just hope he returns unscathed in season three. I can’t imagine Caroline would put up with anyone who’d been careless enough to lose a limb, or worse, in battle. 

So what pleasures, do you think, await us in season three?

Well, that very much depends on Elizabeth’s due date. And whether the child she gives birth to is a strapping black-haired babe or a blond weakling. I haven’t read Winston Graham’s novels but I believe Aunt Agatha features prominently in the next sequence, and gets her much-deserved revenge on George. No doubt passions will run high and Cap’n Ross will be on hand, as ever, to save the day.