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Sunday, May 15

Masterpiece Classic Showdown

This season, PBS offered a variety of films on Masterpiece Classic. Tonight, the last installment of South Riding will be shown. Adapted by Andrew Davies (who also wrote the screenplays for Pride and Prejudice 1995, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones, Brideshead Revisited, and Little Dorrit), South Riding is about a spinster schoolteacher who returns to north England to work has a headmistress at a local girl's high school. The leads in this moody and brooding post World War I drama are Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House) and David Morrissey (Sense and Sensibility). Making another appearance in a Masterpiece Classic this season is Penelope Wilton, who also starred in Downton Abbey. After tonight, all three episodes will be available online until June 14th.
Penelope Wilton as Mrs. Beddows in South Riding
While Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs were the runaway hits so far, there were two other MP classics shown.This week's question is: Which of the films did you watch? All? None? Or just s few? Curious minds want to know.

165 Eaton Place (Leamington Spa) in Upstairs Downstairs

Logan (Matthew Macfadyen, Pride and Prejudice) and Freya (Haley Atwell, Mansfield Park) in Any Human Heart
Anna Maxwell Martin and David Morrissey in South Riding
Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle)

In 2011, I Watched the Following Masterpiece Classics
Downton Abbey
Any Human Heart
Upstairs Downstairs
South Riding free polls


Jenny Allworthy said...

Really a great Masterpiece season this year wasn't it? I think Downton is dearest to my heart but I can't believe we have to wait until 2012 to see season 2! Grrrr!

I have actually quite enjoyed South Riding, but I know there are some who haven't enjoyed it as much. Perhaps it was a little rushed in the story telling, but Andrew Davies did his best in 3 episodes. I'd love to hear him speak at JASNA in Texas this year!

P.S. It's Anna Maxwell Martin not Sarah- you have it right further down (just in case someone wants to look her up-she is so fab)

ChaChaneen said...

I am soooo behind in this years Sunday evening Masterpiece... my time has not been my own this year but I look forward to the reruns!