Feeling a little British?
In case you missed the acclaimed Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey when it was shown on PBS, the DVDs for both seasons are now part of the library’s collection. Due to the increased popularity of Downton Abbey, the library has decided to show the series in its entirety on Thursdays at 2PM in the McManus Room. Bring your friends and pick up a snack at the library café and enjoy the show on the big screen.
And before you head home, stop in the AV Department and check out our display there of “All things British”. Our staff has put together an assortment of many of the best movies, documentaries and BBC TV series, suitable for all Anglophiles. If you love the Downton Abbey time period, then you may want to consider Upstairs, Downstairs or Gosford Park (written by Julian Fellowes, writer of Downton Abbey). However, there are many other great choices in our collection. Last year’s Academy Award winner, The King’s Speech, with Colin Firth is not to be missed. Colin Firth is also outstanding in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, originally a BBC TV miniseries. Jane Austen’s Emma is also a favorite of mine and we have four different versions!
If the stories of royalty and monarchs are your cup of tea (pun intended), watch Anne of a Thousand Days about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII or Mary Queen of Scots starring Vanessa Richardson and Glenda Jackson. Elizabeth R also stars Glenda Jackson in the TV series about the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. For an excellent portrayal of the current Queen of England, The Queen, starring Helen Mirren is another must see. And don’t forget our documentaries on the royals. A Heritage of British Monarchy is a great place to start. This is a humorous, but accurate account of the British monarchy, including all the great romances, scandals and conspiracies that changed the course of British history.
BBC-TV has produced some great television,and we have many of the best programs available in our collection. If you are a fan of period pieces, The Pallisers or Wives and Daughters would be a good place to start. Mystery fans will enjoy Mrs. Bradley Mysteries starring Diana Rigg of The Avengers (another popular choice from the 1960’s). One of the current favorites from our collection is MI-5, a series about the UK’s domestic intelligence agency.
If you are looking for more suggestions, always feel free to ask our staff – they are always happy to make a recommendation.