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marcie

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« Reply #40 on: December 05, 2010, 11:21:42 PM »

Masterpiece Contemporary 2010 brings two new dramas and a repeat of last season's award-winning political thriller ENDGAME. See the 2010 MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY schedule and episode descriptions.  Check your local listings.



Endgame

December 19, 2010 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
The award-winning Endgame is a real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela. Starring William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jonny Lee Miller, Endgame was honored with a George Foster Peabody award.


Framed

December 26, 2010 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
An eccentric Welsh village learns that London's National Gallery is storing its entire art collection in a nearby mine during the museum's renovations — leading to curious encounters between the village locals and the gallery's urbane, lovelorn curator. Trevor Eve (David Copperfield) and Eve Myles (Little Dorrit) star in this gentle comedy, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce's best-selling novel of the same name.


Lennon Naked

November 21, 2010 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) channels John Lennon in this acclaimed recreation of Lennon's last turbulent years with the Beatles. Naoko Mori (Torchwood) co-stars as Yoko Ono. An American Masters special, LENNONNYC, airs Monday, November 22, 2010, at 9pm.



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marcie

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« Reply #41 on: December 05, 2010, 11:21:57 PM »
That's wonderful, JoanG and Maryemm, that Framed is available on our Kindles!

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« Reply #42 on: December 07, 2010, 03:40:45 PM »
so FRAMED is about CAVES and available on Kindle. I'll have a look. by the way Rosemary, you give me a jolt every time  see your name, also my sister's and she has been gone for  thirty years now the big C got her.

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« Reply #43 on: December 10, 2010, 11:46:45 AM »
 I found the following:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mk50rhttp://

I cannot watch "videos" on my PC as I live in a former black spot area and so speed is poor. All the characters have hiccups!

I note that the slate quarry caves were used as well as the Dan-yr-Ogof caves for hiding treasures during WW2.

marcie

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« Reply #44 on: December 10, 2010, 06:21:08 PM »
Thanks for that website, Maryemm. It's got a lot of good information. I appreciate your sharing it with us. We'll get to view the whole program online on the PBS site starting December 27.

roshanarose

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« Reply #45 on: December 11, 2010, 06:40:56 AM »
Living in Australia, one becomes accustomed to getting books, movies and TV programs later than anyone else.  Although we are a day ahead in real time, sometimes it seems we are many years behind.  Let me rejoice and brag a little by telling you that Framed will be on TV here tomorrow night.  Bloody remarkable that we are catching up.  In truth it may be because of the fact that we are still colonials, under the rule of the Monarchy, therefore entitled to BBC (your PBS) programs.  I will gloat secretly that I know all about Framed while you have to wait until later in December.  Well, we Australians do not have a lot to gloat over, so humour us! ;D

I don't want to appear ungracious, but .... Is Oprah returning soon from whence she came?  So over it all.
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« Reply #46 on: December 11, 2010, 08:45:38 AM »
Roshanarose - does that mean it will be shown on BBC here?  I will rush to the Radio Times and check.  Missed it the first time but Madeleine said it was good.

We just bought the double sized Radio Times for Christmas and New Year - M has been poring over the finer details and told me that The Railway Children is on - I  haven't seen that film in years.  I love EE Nesbit and think her children's books are even better when you read them as an adult - the humour in The Treasure Seekers would have been wasted on me as a child, though I would have enjoyed the plot.

Does anyone remember the TV version of Nina Bawden's "Carrie's War" - it was on when I was a child, we used to get a good drama series almost every weekday after Blue Peter, and I particularly remember this one.  If my children saw it now I'm sure they would find it very tame - there were of course no computer graphics then, and most of the action was filmed in the studio, but I remember so well the Welsh farmlands, and the wonderful Hepsibah, who i think was played by the inestimable Dorothy Tutin.  Other drama series we had were White Horses (of the Carmargue) and Belle & Sebastian (not the group, but a story about a Pyrenean Mountain Dog and her young owner.

I can hardly believe how much time has passed since then - but there are still some good chidlren's series - we liked the ones about Pompeii and Ancient Rome, whose titles now escape me.

Rosemary

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« Reply #47 on: December 11, 2010, 10:03:12 PM »
Rosemary - How come the Radio Times tells you what's on BBC TV?   ???
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?  - Plato

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« Reply #48 on: December 12, 2010, 01:17:21 AM »
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Living in Australia, one becomes accustomed to getting books, movies and TV programs later than anyone else ... Well, we Australians do not have a lot to gloat over, so humour us!

Come off it Roshanarose we get most stuff at more or less the same time - sometimes we're months ahead of the States and on a par with the UK give or take a couple of weeks and other times we're behind - I couldn't say how many films and TV programmes I've seen long before they open in the US and anyone mentions them here.

I know you're partially tongue in cheek but IMO Australians have plenty to gloat over. I certainly don't need or want humouring because I live in the best country on the planet. - even allowing for its shortcomings of which we are all aware - it is still the best.


And yes, I too wish Oprah would go back to wherever it was she came from. 
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« Reply #49 on: December 12, 2010, 02:28:35 AM »
Roshanarose - the Radio Times presumably once just covered radio, but it then became the BBC's listings magazine, ie for radio + TV.  You used to have to buy the TV Times to get the commercial stations' listings, but nowadays they all  list everything on TV and radio - BBC, ITV, Channel 4, all of the satellite and freeview channels, the BBC radio stations + some of the commercial ones and the local ones.  The Christmas/New Year edition is something of a tradition.  I like the crossword.

Rosemary

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« Reply #50 on: December 12, 2010, 09:23:59 AM »
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And yes, I too wish Oprah would go back to wherever it was she came from. 

What, you and Roshanarose don't want to keep her?  :o  ;D

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« Reply #51 on: December 12, 2010, 09:25:59 AM »
Well I seem to have the best of both worlds:

1. I am Welsh.
2. My father was Australian.                  ;D   ;D


I remember "Carrie's War" and I must have read the book at least a dozen times. We had a war-time evacuee so the book struck a chord. She will be here for Christmas :still friends/foster sisters after 70 years. Not bad, eh?

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1146693/

If you are referring to the first production (1974), Rosalie Crutchley played Hepzibah. She was a wonderful Madame deFarge in the film "A Tale of Two Cities" : perfect casting, I thought.( Dorothy Tutin played Lucie Manette).

My children and I watched "Belle" (lovely accent) ; "White Horses" and "Robinson Crusoe". I can still" hear" the introductory music to the latter.

Now I enjoy watching "Horrible Histories" with our grandson.

roshanarose

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« Reply #52 on: December 12, 2010, 09:08:00 PM »
I saw "Framed" on ABC TV last night.  There are many intertwining strands in the story, and also layers, like paint in a great painting.  You will enjoy it!
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?  - Plato

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« Reply #53 on: December 12, 2010, 11:28:27 PM »
roshanarose, thanks for letting us know. Many of us still have a couple of weeks to go before it's available in our area. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. I hope you'll talk about it with us when we get a chance to see it.

roshanarose

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« Reply #54 on: December 13, 2010, 09:11:36 PM »
marcie - I even took notes, in the dark, but I think I can understand what I wrote.
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?  - Plato

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« Reply #55 on: December 13, 2010, 09:14:28 PM »
Gum - It was all written in jest.  I am as proud of Australia as you.
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?  - Plato

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« Reply #56 on: December 13, 2010, 10:33:42 PM »
LOL, roshanarose. You are dedicated!! That's terrific. I know I couldn't rely on my memory. That was a great idea to take notes.

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« Reply #57 on: December 15, 2010, 12:42:39 AM »
I read Framed on my Kindle last night...I enjoyed it very much...Joan Grimes...
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marcie

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« Reply #58 on: December 15, 2010, 11:16:27 AM »
I'm reading it now, Joan, and enjoying it too.

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« Reply #59 on: December 15, 2010, 12:12:53 PM »
I also have downloaded, and read, "Framed". Made me laugh!

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« Reply #60 on: December 15, 2010, 06:24:32 PM »
Made me laugh too Maryem...Joan Grimes
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« Reply #61 on: December 16, 2010, 11:02:46 AM »
Yes, it's very funny in a somewhat subtle way. I like this book very much.

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« Reply #62 on: December 18, 2010, 11:15:22 PM »
My morning news paper had an article about programs that will be broadcast in 2011.  One of my favorite PBS series I just loved was:  Upstairs, Downstairs.  Well, spring of 2011 they will brioadcast a new series, at the same home.  Different family, though.  If it is half as good as the 1970s series, I will enjoy it.

Sheila

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« Reply #63 on: December 18, 2010, 11:42:48 PM »
Thanks for telling us about the new series, Sheila. I found a little info about it at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/classic/copro.html

Endgame is going to be shown again on my PBS station tomorrow evening.

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« Reply #64 on: December 26, 2010, 10:36:58 PM »
Just finished watching Framed. How pleasant it was to watch something with humor and without swearing or nudity (except for the painting). I thought the precocious daughter of the policeman was a riot. And then there was Dylan's sister, the criminal mastermind. Hah! What fun!

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« Reply #65 on: December 27, 2010, 12:53:22 PM »
I really enjoyed "Framed" last night.  It took a little while to get used to the dialects.  I believe it would be even better with a second viewing.

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« Reply #66 on: December 27, 2010, 04:22:35 PM »
And here, I didn't think the accents were strong enough. But then, I am used to South Wales. I guess the closer you get to England, the accents are not as heavy.

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« Reply #67 on: December 28, 2010, 01:23:09 AM »
I, too, enjoyed "Framed" and I found some of the dialects a little difficult to understand. Yes, the two young girls were very precocious!

I was charmed by the production and I enjoyed the book even more. The way that the book was told from the point of view of Dylan made it more engaging for me and more humorous.

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« Reply #68 on: December 28, 2010, 10:29:15 AM »
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It took a little while to get used to the dialects
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I didn't think the accents were strong enough
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There is an accent when a non-Welsh speaker speaks in English. However it is stronger when the person's mother tongue is Welsh. The South Walian
accent is softer than the North Walian, as is the spoken Welsh.

I have lived in England for 53 years but when I am with a Welsh speaker my accent "broadens". One either loves it, or hates it : no in-betweens!!

My bank manager picked up on my accent after about five minutes as his grandmother came from my part of Wales; a specialist I saw in hospital spent ages telling me about his Welsh mother.................so there are times when it is an asset!!

The art specialist from London was an Englishman!

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« Reply #69 on: December 30, 2010, 09:29:56 PM »
PBS is beginning a new season of Masterpiece Classic starting this Sunday. We've created a new discussion for the series at http://seniorlearn.org/forum/index.php?topic=2012.0. Let's talk about MY BOY JACK and the other upcoming programs there.