It’s time for something a bit different for this British TV Friday. Many of the shows I’ve already discussed are high on humor, but another sort of television I appreciate is drama, especially drama based on classic literature.
A number of films and television series, often made by the BBC, for example, achieve the rare accomplishment of being as good as or better than the books they are based on. I think one aspect of the productions that make this possible is the willingness to create a lengthy series that contains most of the details of the source rather than cutting them and then trying to spice up the story up for the viewers in ways that are inconsistent with the original material.
When I think of this category, I think of “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Daniel Deronda” and “The Buccaneers” and “North & South” and “Middlemarch” or the catalog of works by authors such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen or the recent series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes.
Many of these have prompted me to read books I enjoy, introduced me to authors that were unfamiliar or told a story I’d already come to love. Sometimes they help me to learn about history – at other times, they’re just entertaining.
These are definitely the types of shows and films that are best watched with a mug of tea, a big blanket and maybe a few kittens. This sounds like a great plan for today, actually, although I’m missing the kittens.