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Cara Elliott/Andrea Pickens
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Happy to have royally brightened your day, Michelle! And thanks for such an eloquent statement on why this show is so good. It really does make history so powerful. I hope many of the people who tuned in casually are moved to realize how fascinating and relevant history is to all our lives!
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Thanks, Mary. I LOVED the corgi-crown pic too! Such fun! I really think you will very much enjoy the series, so give it to yourself as a holiday gift!
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Sonya, it's hard to do everything perfectly, but IMO, the resemblances are really well-done, as is all the acting, settings, etc. For recreating real history, as well as creating a well-paced film, this series really raises the bar quite high. I don't think you have to worship royalty to appreciate the episodes. Part of its appeal is that it makes the royals very human, and shows the real people beneath all the trappings, and how they grapple with with very complex and difficult personal decisions, just like everyone else. Give it a try—you might be pleasantly surprised.
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No worries, Janice! We all knew what you meant. "The Queen" was excellent (how could it not be with Helen Mirren!) and was by the same screenwriter as The Crown. I highly recommend it too!
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Yes, I couldn't restrain myself either, Janice! Matt Smith is wonderful as Philip, and John Lithgow is just amazing as Churchill. His body language and all the little mannerisms are perfect, I've read that Season Two is a definite. Fingers crossed they'll go ahead with the full six seasons. (Pretty please!) And thanks so much for the link!
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Ha! You had more willpower than I did! Yes, the series really makes it clear being the King or Queen wasn't all fun and games. It shows people facing very difficult and complex problems, where they have to balance duty and family and their own personal feelings. It really made that so powerfully real. It seems from the little I've doublechecked, that the series stays pretty accurate to history. I really must watch YOUNG VICTORIA.
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Mary, you are in for a real treat with The Crown! I love the Ken Burns documentaries too, and many of the PBS ones. But this bringing a story to life in a dramatic adaptation is a little different, and when done well is very powerful. I've been meaning to watch The Young Victoria, and will do so now soon! And the Lost Prince sounds fascinating. Must start a To Be Watched List to go along with the TBR List! Oh, for more hours in the day!
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Kay, so glad you are enjoying it too. There are, of course, some liberties taken with history—Churchill's young assistant who's killed during the fog is made up. But on the whole (and I did some checking, just because I was so curious) it's pretty accurate. And the acting/settings/costumes are just wonderful.I wish we had more television like this!
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Andrea/Cara here, I’m not a regular television watcher. When I have down time, my first choice is to get comfy with a good book (okay, chocolate might also be involved, but no snide remarks on Pavlov, if you please.) However, at the urging of numerous friends to tune into the extravagant production of The Crown, I broke down and got a subscription to Netflix (yes, I’m one of the few people in this digital world who didn’t yet have one.) And oh, am I glad I did! Making history come alive is something I feel is vitally important on so... Continue reading
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Agreed! Off to check her out!
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WOW! What a list! Am madly scribbling notes!
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Poetry really does reflect the spirit of the year's end, when we all tend to reflect on the passage of time and the meaning of family and friendships. Thanks for sharing your recommendations.
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Thank you! I hope you enjoy it, Oana-Maria!
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Really interesting, Amanda! It makes sense. The English sailors have always been attuned to the nuances of the sea throughout the centuries, so it's not really a surprise that they understood ship design and kept making innovations.
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Me, too, Anne. I've always found it very romantic! So I think I'll keep letting my imagination run wild.
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That surprised me too, Patricia.
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Alas, a story that has been repeated too many times.
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Yes, conflict does make a perfect background for dashing heroes!
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Yes, the British sea stories of valor and in saving their nation from peril are not only stirring real life stories, but also make great plots for fiction—and the celebration of heroes and heroines!
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Andrea/Cara here, Today I'm welcoming long-time friend and honorary Word Wench Amanda McCabe as my guest. Many of you know Amanda for her wonderful Regencies, but she also writes marvelous Elizabethan romances, and she here to tell us a little about the inspiration for her latest release, The Queen’s Christmas Summons. Not only does it have a holiday theme, but it also features swashbuckling action on the high seas as the British navy clashes with the Spanish Armada. So batten down the hatches and set sail to a fascinating time in history, as Amanda gives us some intriguing background on... Continue reading
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Thanks or the heads-up, Jeanette. I'll make a note of that for one of our Ask A Wench possibilities!
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Sounds like a wonderful evening, Diane! Large gatherings are definitely the time for simple but good, so you have time to enjoy everyone's company.
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Sounds like a wonderful times, Teresa! And so glad to hear you enjoy the old Signets too!
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Oh, I love that story! And yes, I miss the Signet anthologies too. They always had a wonderful collection of stories each year.
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How interesting! Boxing Day fun! Enjoy the holidays wherever you are!
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