Monday, June 12, 2006

Woo hoo! The BBC is having an 18th century season!

My favourite of all the centuries! There'll be big cuffs and tricorne hats, and South Sea Bubbles and fluttering fans and braces of flintlocks, and ladies saying 'la sir!' (maybe) and ooh, phaetons! Details here.

Oh wait, it's BBC4. Which I can't get, as my flat sits in a black hole of telly reception.

BOLLOCKS.

Dear BBC4, please could you send me round some DVDs? Chop chop, quick as you like. I'll review them properly, and promise not be rude about Alan Yentob again, even though he does strike me as a bit of a(message ends).

15 comments:

Terri said...

I've put a huge star in my TV Times on the regular pages, to remind me of the Culloden programme tomorrow on BBC4. This series is going to be wonderful! Oh, sorry. But I'm sure it'll be on BBC2 before you can blink. I'm sure. Positive. Absolutely certain ... um, hope you get those DVDs.

Alli said...

18C? Nooooo! We need more 16th century stuff. Two adaptations on as many channels in as many months was not enough. Besides, I want Karl Theobald to reprise his Alsop turn.

Spinsterella said...

I'm more a fan of the 17th century meself.

Revolutions (glorious and otherwise), foulmouthed kings, vain kings, beheaded kings, that Cromwell chappie, heaving bosoms in low-cut frocks etc.

Maybe it'll be next.

Jayne said...

You've been reading Georgette Heyer again haven't you...

james henry said...

I have read GH, but weirdly, can't remember a single thing that happens in any of her books. I need to go and re-read some Baronness Orczy though, I think. Swashbuckling and proper fops, excellent.

I was so excited a few years ago, when the trailer for the BBC remake of the Scarlet Pimpernel had the Propellorheads on the soundtrack - I was expecting something of Plunkett and Macleane levels of genius, but sadly it was not to be...

If only there was an 18th C-themed MMORPG instead of Tolkien/medieval/a bit Eastern as they all seem to be. Perhpaps I'll make one up this afternoon, out of flowerpots and mouldy peppers (I seem to have loads of each).

jayne said...

GH is fantastic if you're a teenage girl (James?). Plus you learn all sorts of nice historical rubbish - I wouldn't know that the talkative Lady Jersey's nickname was Silence if it wasn't for "The Grand Sophy".

Am looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labours with the flowerpots and mouldy peppers, though I should point out that this will only work if the pots are ceramic.

Maud said...

Oh, is Kidnapped a part of that? I saw a bit of that the other night, it was rather good.

ellie said...

I've got some slightly limp celery and an artichoke (that we bought because it looked interesting, but now don't know what to do with) if you run out of peppers.

Damn, missed Kidnapped.

Marsha Klein said...

Is the "Plunkett and Macleane" soundtrack available? In the dim, dusty recesses of my memory I can remember EITHER: looking for it and not finding it OR finding and buying it, only to discover that it didn't contain the opening music (my favourite). I suppose I should check the CDs at home really. Anyway, loved the film and adored the soundtrack.

james henry said...

I seem to remember doing the latter as well (as in it didn't have the opening music, or the weird accordianny stuff.

Hot tips for finding obscure mp3's:

singingfish.com

and

hype.non-standard.net

(an mp3 blog accumulator - always worth checking the 'popular tracks' bit. Any links more than a month old tend to have taken away though, so you have to be quick)

Anonymous said...

Completely unrelated but do you know the NFT are showing a live Sigur Rós concert in July?

http://www.bfi.org.uk/incinemas/nft/film/6611

PS - MP3 blog accumulator - what's that in English?

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Anonymous said...

Is there no way of recording bits of the soundtrack on computer from the DVD?

Imo said...

Ohhh 18th century stuff. Good something to watch when the football's on!!

Pashmina said...

You'll like Marie Antoinette, James - lots of wildly anachronistic early 80s indie music, including a tip-top party scene to the tune of New Order's Ceremony. Smashing stuff.