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PostSubject: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:14 am

Not that public television is always to my taste, but they're closer than anything else, on a regular basis.

Right now they are presenting adaptations of Jane Austen, whom I adore. These are being broadcast on Sunday. Here it begins at 9:00 p.m.

I missed the first one, but got to see their Northanger Abbey. Very good cast, and I liked the adaptation.

The P&P will be the version with Colin Firth, I'm happy to say, and Emma with Kate Beckinsale. (Wasn't she great in Cold Comfort Farm?)
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:42 am

I used to love PBS when I still lived in Canada. We got it via Maine. I sometimes wonder how different it is from ten years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:19 am

I'm SO upset that they combined "Mystery!" and "Masterpiece Theatre"! And it seems EVERYTHING is in rerun all the time -- we've missed out on SO many great English series (right now I'm hooked (via DVD) on "The Last Detective" with Peter Davison, from "Campion," and "All Creatures Great and Small."), which I only discovered by accident on Amazon, which never ran here. And it might have played in some cities, but not here, or on the Hartford station, or in Pittsburgh, but there's also "Dance to the Music of Time," based on Anthony Powell's series. And I'm ALMOST positive that we didn't even get Jeeves and Wooster! (I was away at boarding school at the time, and television not allowed), but I'm positive my family would have watched it, and I would have heard about it. they certainly don't remember hearing about it or seeing it now.

As long as they're going to rerun everything ad infinitum, why not show classics that a lot of people aren't old enough to remember? Or haven't seen in ages, like "Bridesheadhead Revisited," or the original version of "The Forsythe Saga," or the old Peter Whimsey with Ian Carmichal, or "Upstairs, Downstairs?" Or old daytime programming, like "The French Chef"?

We get a couple of classics on weekends in the early evening -- "All Creatures, Great and Small," and The Best Britcom Ever, "To The Manor Born," but that's it...everything else is very recent, over and over again.

And I don't know if it's just for the Jane Austen-a-thon, or permanent, but GILLIAN ANDERSON as host? Okay, sure, she was in Bleak House, but I can't help but to think it's bizarre that Scully from the X-files is hosting MT. And why on earth did they put her, with her red hair, in front of a red backdrop? It makes my head hurt. And they CHANGED THE NAME from MT to "Masterpiece"! WAAAAAAH!

I've been really PO'ed at their programming lately.

And don't even get me stared on that HORRIBLE new Miss Marple series! GAH!

And another thing -- I miss the old opening to MT --- the theme music, the framed photo stills of past series...the whole shebang.

And very few Antiquies Roadshow episdes per season, which has beenseriously dumbed down since the beginning. (Plus, we also used to get the British version, too, which is better done, and more interesting.)

PS: Plus, it seems both our channels here are ALWAYS doing pledge programming here (often disguised as "Viewers Choice," which means EVERYTHING is pre-empted for that Doo-Wop concert thingie, which has been running for years and years. Andre Rieu, Celtic Woman, those Chinese Girl violinists, and the like. Constantly. Again, and again, and AGAIN.

I'm pretty fed up with them. Make that REALLY fed up with them.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:28 am

I remember seeing the Elizabeth R series (with Glenda Jackson) and the Poldark series too on PBS. I got my introduction to Hyacinth Bucket, Monty Python and Are You Being Served thanks to PBS too.

This next one isn't to everyone's taste, The Red Green Show. But it was written by a couple of fellow Canucks, Steve Smith (who starred as Red) and Rick Green. It had a great cult following, including a large number of Americans who refused to believe that Possum Lodge (the setting for the show) wasn't a real place. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:45 am

Speaking of Mrs. Bucket, I really liked Patricia Routledge in "Hetty Wainthrop Investigates" on "Mystery."
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:50 am

BygoneKnits wrote:
Speaking of Mrs. Bucket, I really liked Patricia Routledge in "Hetty Wainthrop Investigates" on "Mystery."

Yes m'am! I like that too. Its occasionally on of a Sunday afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:00 pm

I might get it on DVD one of these days. Of course, just as with everything I like, they only showed it the once. Phooey. Good ensemble cast, too.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:48 pm

We're remarkably lucky here with PBS.

I can get 3 PBS stations (1 for Providence, 2 are Boston). So...even if they are showing André Rieu (DON'T get me started....) I can usually find something good.

The Tuesday line-up for BritCom is fine, though they've taken my favorite ("Goodnight, Sweetheart") off.

In the mix: "Are You Being Served?", "'Allo, 'Allo", "As Time Goes By", "Yes, Prime Minister". "Keeping Up Appearances", too, but a little of that show goes a long way with me.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:06 pm

Oh ho ho, all this talk of bad PBS reminds me of this singer...whatsisname, the scrawny little Bavarian guy who sings like Elvis...um...Helmut Lotti! That's it! Anyway, the guy can't be more than twenty or thirty, but they were making a big fuss over him and had a show of all his videos. It was called From Russia With Love, so of course he sang that one, and did a good enough job of the Theme from Dr Zhivago and a few others that sounded familiar, including one that was an old, old classical piece with new words. I've always wondered what that piece of music was called so I went to Amazon and looked up the album, thinking the composer's name would be listed. It wasn't! All songs on the album are listed as being composed by Maurice Jarre and Helmut Lotti!

So apparently this twentysomething twerp wrote the music for Dr Zhivago, Stranger in Paradise, From Russia with Love, a 150 year old classical piece, and the Russian national anthem.

Impressive.

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PostSubject: Re: PBS   Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:29 pm

More Jane Austen on Sunday (Easter, 3/23/08).

I think "Emma" with Kate Beckinsdale, but I'm not sure.
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