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July 23, 2017

Poldark 3, Episode 7

Poldark is available to watch on BBC One, or by clicking here 

Source: Poldark series 3, episode 7 review: Putting the Schwing! into Swingometer

Every telly viewer knows the rule of Chekhov’s Gun: don’t put the gun on the stage in Act One unless you’re going to fire it in Act Three.


So when an episode of Poldark begins with grizzly old Tholly (Sean Gilder) announcing that he’s the new gravedigger, you can be pretty sure someone’s going to be at the dirt-end of his spade before the Ten O’ Clock News barges in. Chekhov’s Gun has become Chekhov’s Shovel.
The question is, who’s going to be at the end of that shovel?
You’d love it to be Osborne, wouldn’t you? Not only has he got Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) pregnant, the insatiable sex hippo threatens to beat her when she won’t retreat to the bed for a few minutes under him. And that’s putting it in a far more delicate way than the show does.


Christian Brassington embraces Osborne’s larger-than-life nature with gusto as he sweats and swaggers with all the charm of defrosting meat. He’s a pantomime villain in pantaloons – a preening bully, one who isn’t content to be a lascivious bastard to Morwenna, but also her sister, and her feet.

His rushing off after catching a glimpse of her stocking-clad tootsies is the show’s first masturbation joke, and it isn’t a subtle one.

It’s fair to say that nuance isn’t a word that Poldark knows, but something it is really good at is the little moments. Ones which let you take a second from all the melodrama but without losing the theme of it. The sight of a dandelion blowing in the breeze, the shots of mist rolling in along the coast, the sea beating the cliffs. It’s like televisual Pointillism – all those little bits that you can take in and then step back from to see the big picture.

That big picture this week is political. Don’t worry if you’re still suffering from Referendum or Election fatigue, because Poldark politics puts the schwing into Swingometer. Sir Francis Basset (John Hopkins), who sadly is not from the Liquorice Allsorts dynasty, wants Ross to become the new candidate for Parliament. Could we soon be hearing the chant of “Oh, Ross Poldark!” among the locals? Will he be admitting to scything topless through a field of wheat?


No, because Ross is – to alliterate wildly – a person of principle, not a party’s political puppet. “Power is pursued for its own sake, rather than the good it can do,” he says, with Aidan Turner giving it the kind of conviction that you wish your real elected leaders had.

It’s the kind of nobility the show has worked hard to remind the audience over its few years, and which has had to be rebuilt ever since that moment in series 2. Ross is the man who’ll always defer to the greater good.

Yet even after years of marriage Demelza still somehow hasn’t cottoned onto that. She’s tired of him mine-splaining and Pol-dicking about without consulting her. Perfectly understandable, but surely the moment he sailed off to Revolutionary France on an A-Team suicide mission was the time to get mad about not consulting her?


Ahh, but this is the show setting up an excuse for Demelza to return the affections of naval puppy Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse), who pursues Mrs. Poldark with all the charm and subtlety of a teenager using his privates as a divining rod. His advances are claw-your-own-face-off awkward to watch, but perhaps what’s even more awkward is that Demelza doesn’t shoot him down.

Speaking of things being shot down, Aunt Agatha’s centenary shindig gets cancelled by George in a scene so OTT it’s a wonder it doesn’t gush out of your screen and leave a weird stain your carpet.

“There. Will. Be. No. Party,” he enunciates at her, and you wonder how Jack Farthing can keep a straight face while trying to deliver such a daft sentence so seriously. Agatha can’t help but rise to it. The one thing better than watching Ross and George trade verbal blows is watching Agatha and George have at it.


It’s an argument that George arguably wins, seeing as he doesn’t die soon after it. Aunt Agatha passes, filled with regret for blabbing about the baby. The music swells, the baby cries, George makes a Faustian pact with Sir Francis Basset. It’s melodrama of the highest order and classic Poldark viewing.

So farewell then to Caroline Blakiston, who has always been such a treat to watch, her Agatha acerbically cutting through the treacle and the trauma like a card-playing Greek chorus. It’s a shame we’ll not have her to snark at the bad times that are clearly coming.

Things just keep getting worse in Poldark. Is anyone going to be happy? Or are people just going to be miserably shagging people they’re not meant to be with, or meeting the dirt-end of Tholly and Chekhov’s shovel? It makes you yearn for the simple days of worrying about Ross’s mine. Poldark remains the gold-standard of Sunday night telly, but right now it’s hardly a feel-good watch.


Poldark continues next Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.



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July 02, 2017

Poldark 3 Episode 4




Review found at

 http://simplyjuneandfriends.com/poldark-3-episode-4/


June 25, 2017

Poldark Season 3 Episode 3 Recap


As soon as it is available we will provide a link so you can watch Episode 3 on YouTube by clicking HERE. 


“When did anything go according to plan with Ross?”, Eleanor Tomlinson’s Demelza sighed wearily in episode three of the BBC1 drama.  In dramatic scenes, our hero forsook his wife once again and buckled his swash against the dastardly Frenchies who have imprisoned his friend Dwight Enys.   Making a landing with his old friend Tholly Tregirls, Ross was rumbled by the officers of the Republique and sent packing. But Ross being Ross he dived into the freezing briny (well, you could see his breath, couldn’t you, so it was certainly cold) and returned for his friend, knowing that discovery would have meant instant decapitation by la guillotine.   And it was a close-run thing. He had already made something of an enemy in the landlady of the shady boozer that he hung out in (he wouldn’t sleep with her, so she was happy to shop him in a second time). But before you could say Jacques Robinson he had punched the living daylights out of the arresting company and fled. The next we saw of him he was riding up to Nampara to a grateful Demelza. 
  Ross 1, La Republique 0  

  But still, he didn’t manage to liberate Dwight (below) who remains locked up in the prison which all the inmates agree is about the closest thing to hell on earth as could be imagined. Will Dwight return? Clearly there is unfinished business in those cells, in more ways than one.   The slammer/hell-hole also houses a certain officer by the name of Lieutenant Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) who, if pre-publicity is to be believed, is to become a future love interest of Demelza. But that’s for another day.  

Back in Cornwall, of course there was a lot of waiting to be done – Caroline pined for Dwight, Demelza waited for Ross, but not in a simpering way. She had had enough of his absence and gave her religious brother Sam Carne approval to set up his new church in an old storehouse belonging to her husband.   Morwenna heaved a fair few love sighs, staring longingly at Drake, who stared longingly back. Their romance is clearly racing along nicely, so much so that she even invited the young lad to kiss her. Blimey.


But George Warleggan will have a few things to say about that, having set his sights on the Carne boys, denying them the use of the old Grambler building. We suspect there is more to come from this head-to-head.   Even by his standards George was especially villainous tonight. Maybe it was the wig and gown when he started his duties on the bench, dispensing justice to the local people – or, as he would have it, the “vulgars” – with customary lack of mercy; twenty lashes for some poor man who stole a pheasant, letting off the son of one of his friends (and charging his accuser with perjury).    

  “A most satisfactory day,” he told his wife. We also learned that the harvest had failed in this part of Cornwall so it’s a safe bet to suggest that there will be more of this sort of petty thieving punished with George's unspeakable cruelty.   Little wonder Elizabeth is starting to have second thoughts about him. She flashed her husband looks of distinct disgust whenever she was in his company.

 And she has taken to the bottle – or rather the tincture – which she appears to now be downing with carefree abandon to “calm the nerves and fortify the constitution” as her doctor put it. Still, apart from the fighting and boozing, there were some light-hearted moments to be had, best of which was the neat bit of trolling by Geoffrey Charles to stepdad George when he said what everyone had been thinking and suggested that the child was “much darker” than his supposed father.

  Each episode so far has seen a sly dig about Valentine’s paternity aimed in George’s general direction but the beastly banker still hasn’t picked up on it. Too busy being a tyrant, I suppose.  


Source: Poldark series 3 episode 3 review: Ross travels to France but will he save Dwight?

  Source: Poldark series 3, episode 3 review: Aidan Turner's stealth audition for James Bond



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June 21, 2017

Poldark Series 3 - Episode 2

Ross, mate, we love you, and you act with heroic intentions, but you can be a noble idiot at times.



WATCH episode TWO by clicking HERE 

Source: Poldark 3 – Episode 2


June 18, 2017

Poldark Series 3 Episode 1




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May 15, 2017

May 01, 2017

The Brave Young Girl Who Escaped North Korea



the following article is from the Huffington Post article online posted in March 2017.


The Story Of A North Korean Defector

Yeonmi Park’s world was a terrible reality.

Updated Mar 13, 2017

If you were to pass by her, she could be anyone — a businesswoman, a doctor, or perhaps a lawyer. She entered the room with an astonishing presence, as if she was attuned to a different frequency — like she was someone truly extraordinary. Her black and white plaid dress and small pink jacket were unassuming, and she stumbled a bit in her heels. “I don’t know what I’m doing here!” Her nervousness crashed against her polished appearance like cymbals.

April 27, 2017

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The Handmaid's Tale



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In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian-fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war and subjugates women, who are not allowed to work, control money, or even read. Widespread infertility due to environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of young fertile women—called Handmaids, according to biblical precedent—who are assigned to the homes of the elite, where they must have ritualized sex with the men in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives. The main character, Offred, is the Handmaid assigned to an elite Commander and his wife, and as such is subject to the strictest rules and constant scrutiny; an improper word or deed on her part can lead to her execution. Offred, so named because her master is named Fred, can remember the “time before”, when she was married.

DR. WHO - season 10





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Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined.



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The language of the future is emoji! The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet – but where are the colonists? A band of "cute" droids hold the deadly answer.

April 18, 2017

THE WHITE PRINCESS


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“The White Princess” charts one of the most tumultuous times in British history uniquely from the viewpoint of the women waging the battle for power. British-American historical fiction television series, based on Philippa Gregory's 2013 novel of the same name. It is a sequel to The White Queen, a 2013 BBC-produced miniseries adapting three of Gregory's previous novels.


The eight-episode series sees England ostensibly united by the marriage of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and Henry VII, but their individual and partisan rift runs deep, and the war that furies between them portends to tear the kingdom apart again.
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Episode 1
– “In Bed With the Enemy”

Series premiere chronicles the power grab among the women vying for the English throne.




Episode 2 - “Hearts and Minds”


King Henry VII sets out on Royal Progress, in an attempt to establish himself as the new sovereign, but finds a dangerous, deeply divided kingdom. Lizzie's loyalties are further complicated by the child she is expecting.

Episode 3 – “Burgundy”
Lizzie endures labor while King Henry’s envoys embark on a diplomatic mission to Burgundy; Lizzie discovers she has more in common with her husband than she first imagined.



April 14, 2017

Downton Abbey - the movie - update

Here are a few of the latest on the Movie from around the web today....

 from www.digitalspy.com


Dame Maggie Smith thinks a Downton Abbey film would start with the Dowager Countess' funeral

"I could croak it."


The cast of Downton Abbey series six

There's been talk of a Downton Abbey film for years, if only Julian Fellowes could get on with it, and Dame Maggie Smith reckons she knows how the film will start if it does actually happen.


But it's not particularly good news for the Dowager Countess, as Dame Maggie thinks her character's death would be the event that sets the film in motion.
Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess, Violet in Downton Abbey Christmas Special
"I was firmly convinced it would start with the funeral," she said during today's (April 8) BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.
Comparing it to the start of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, the actress continued to suggest that the Dowager could come home to die as Lord Marchmain does in the novel.
"I thought it would be a bit like that," she said. "I could croak it. It would just start with the body. But I don't know.
"They talk about there being a film, but who knows? Who knows."
David Robb as Dr Clarkson and Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey S06E03
With Fellowes himself recently saying he's very pro-Downton movie and further reports adding that a script has been written and the cast have all seen it, it seems like Dame Maggie Smith could be the only cast member who doesn't think a Downton Abbey movie would be a good thing.
"I just think it's squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean?" she added. "I don't know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you - ?
"Anyway that's not my problem. That's the Lord's [Julian Fellowes] problem."
And it's a problem he may have already solved too, as Mr Carson actor Jim Carter recently revealed that the cast have all been asked to keep certain dates clear for filming in the future.
Downton Abbey ended its very successful run after six series on Christmas Day 2015.

from www.denofgeek.com

It looks as if those plans for a Downton Abbey movie are coming to fruition. The show finished its televised run on Christmas Day 2015, and a movie revival looks to be coming together at pace.


Back in January, rumours were fuelled by Jim Carter (Top Secret!), who played Carson in the TV show. He told Good Morning Britain that “we’ve been asked to keep ourselves available for dates in the future, but nobody has seen a script”.
Today, CultBox has shared an update from a PR representative of Jeremy Swift (who played Spratt in the show). "Jeremy has also been asked to keep the end of this year free as the Downton movie will begin filming", the unnamed PR bod revealed. So it looks like the Downton movie will start shooting late this year.
Additionally, a fresh source recently told the RT that "the financing ducks are being lined up very nicely", and that the formal confirmation of the movie could be "imminent".
Hugh Bonnevile, Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Lily James are all expected to join Jim Carter in the cast, although no story details have thus far been revealed.  We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…

and finally, 

from www.cultbox.co.uk

‘Downton Abbey’ movie will begin filming at ‘the end of this year’

It looks production is finally gearing up for the long-awaited Downton Abbey film.
Rumours surrounding the movie have been going around for over a year now, with a production source announcing in January that “the financing ducks are being lined up very nicely.”
A PR representative for actor Jeremy Swift, who played Spratt in the final three seasons of Downton Abbey, recently revealed: “Jeremy has also been asked to keep the end of this year free as the Downton movie will begin filming.”


Swift has been filming Mary Poppins Returns in London with Emily Blunt, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep, and released his debut album, ‘Everything’s A Joke’, last month.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes previously explained the reasons behind the delay: “The thing about Downton is we have a lot of running characters and we really do need them for the movie, so you can imagine at the end of the show they all shot off into shows on Broadway, series in LA, things on television… and they somehow have to gradually be coaxed back into the fold.”

The final episode of Downton Abbey aired on Christmas Day in 2015 on ITV.
Fellowes has claimed that “most of the cast are up for [the movie].”
Dame Maggie Smith has reportedly signed on to return as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary, revealed last year that she would “wholeheartedly consider” appearing. Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) has said she is “98% per cent sure it will happen”, Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) says “it would be silly not to say yes” and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) is also keen to return. Jim Carter, who played Mr Carson, previously let slip that the cast have been asked to keep certain dates clear in their schedule.


What do you want to see in the Downton Abbey movie? Let us know below…