One of my frequent indulgences is British mystery shows and the occasional period soap opera or comedy.
The OAM will put up with most of the mysteries and likes quite a few of them. His tolerance for the soaps is almost nonexistent and the comedies have to be pretty good for him to put up with more than a few episodes in a row.
We’ve been watching Thorne lately. More like movies than tv shows, the first one, Thorne: Sleepyhead is 3 hours long but originally shown in 3 parts, so I guess a mini-series. Watching the second one, Thorne: Scaredycat, tonight. Both have actors I like. Very standardly British murder mysteries but solid stories and decently done. It would appear that there are only the 2 episodes and they are based on a series of books. Which is good – means I have another book series to pick up after I work my way through the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford books. Those are satisfying my taste for murder mysteries and WWI (along with immediate aftermath) time period. Sure, they all get formulaic after a while, but…
Also watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Fashionable lady detective in Australia in the 20s. I don’t especially feel the need to read these at this point but maybe in the future. Essie Davis is just beautiful. Of course, eventually the character becomes predictable in her outrageous society shocking-ness, but so far I don’t find that to be a downside.
Started The Vicar of Dibley as well. I like most of Dawn French’s work and the show has a couple of pretty funny characters. Female vicar arrives to shake up small English village.
Another series that I have watched through all the episodes on Netflix currently is Rosemary & Thyme. A duo of middle-aged-or-just-past gardening detectives. Felicity Kendal was apparently known for cute roles in her younger day and I can certainly still see it. The addition of gardening to the mix adds interest for me – although I have no patience or talent for it.
Although I watched it quite awhile back, The Bletchley Circle was good. Mystery set after WWII in England. Group of women who worked in a codebreaking center during the war team up to solve a series of killings.
I also found The Land Girls enjoyable (only seen season 1 so far). Follows a group of women working the land during WWII to do their bit for the effort.
The Paradise was quite enjoyable as well (at least through the end of season 1, haven’t seen 2 yet). Shopgirl with bigger dreams working in one of the first department stores. Emun Elliot is a tasty bit of eye candy. :)
I couldn’t get into The Grand enough to watch after they switched actors for some characters I liked midway through the first season.
Gonna be on my own for tomorrow evening since the OAM is out of town on business. Maybe I’ll invite Mom up for dinner or maybe I’ll eat tacos and grab the latest season of Downton Abbey.