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-.
Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in 'Poldark' s02e10
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.

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza
Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza

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.