Mapp & Lucia – BBC (2014)

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Episode 1 – Miss Elizabeth Mapp reigns supreme in the picturesque town of Tilling, and has even more reason to gloat than usual when she lets her house for the summer to a very desirable tenant – Mrs Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia. However, when the newcomer proves more popular with the locals than expected, Mapp is left out in the cold, leading to a constant battle for supremacy over bridge parties, garden fetes, art competitions and even the odd yoga class.

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Episode 2 – Mapp is still reeling from Lucia’s victory at the summer fete and is left to watch disconsolately as the locals flock to her rival’s little dinner parties across the street. Before long, however, she sees her chance for revenge. As the townsfolk busy themselves preparing their entries for the summer art exhibition, one of the highlights of the social calendar, Lucia and Georgie lay out their intentions to submit their sketches – giving Mapp a rather wicked idea to keep them out altogether. But it turns out that subterfuge rarely likes being hidden for long in a place like Tilling.

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Episode 3 – Miss Lucia decides to take Tilling’s cultural welfare in hand by beginning a series of musical evenings, although Mapp is curious to notice the odd moan from the locals – could they be tiring of her high-handed ways? Mapp is keen to encourage a revolt, convinced her rival is a fraud since learning she traced her sketch for the art exhibition. Now all she needs is a way to show her up once and for all. Meanwhile, Miss Mapp and Diva are engaged in their own skirmish, this time over the season’s latest fashions, and the rest of the townsfolk are trying to quell their excitement as news arrives that the Prince of Wales is to pass through the station.

Period comedy, starring Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss, Pippa Haywood, Poppy Miller, Felicity Montagu, Paul Ritter, Gemma Whelan, Nicholas Woodeson, Katy Brand, Harish Patel, Joanna Scanlan and Frances Barber.

Based on E.F. Benson’s novels, this mini series written by Steve Pemberton is exquisite – from the scenery to the perfect performance of the cast. It’s was a pure pleasure to watch … Now, I’m so looking forward to reading the books.

The Hobbit – The Battle Of The Five Armies

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The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honour in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason,  Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war …

Fantasy, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gage, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, James Nesbitt and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch.

As I said last year, I love how Peter Jackson adapted Tolkien’s novel for children in an epic and magnificent saga. I was never bored and felt dread for the tragic ending. As expected I cried, not only for the dead, but for remembering as thirteen years ago I went and watch ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’ being sure that I would never read Tolkien’s books … Not only I have read The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, but I enjoyed them and would recommend them to everyone as classics from the creator of Fantasy. Without Tolkien we wouldn’t have George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire’s saga. As a conclusion I will say thank you to Tolkien for being so imaginative and to Peter Jackson for giving us two spectacular and emotional trilogies.

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A Conversation Between JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe (2011)

Last night, I found this video completely by chance. I thought it was so interesting even if it’s from three years ago. I love the Harry Potter books and I’m looking forward to reading anything Rowling would write on this topic. It was fun to follow the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore and I really think Rowling is such a touching person as I watched her in Who do you think you are ?, discovering her family’s past in France. I need to reread the books as I miss her characters so much.

** SPOILERS** If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies yet and want to, do NOT watch that video.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)

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This drama is an adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens’ last novel by screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes.

Part 1: Opium addict and choirmaster at Cloisterham cathedral John Jasper, lusts after schoolgirl orphan Rosa Bud. But she is betrothed to his nephew Edwin Drood, who will inherit a fortune if the mariage goes through. However, when two exotic strangers, twins Helena and Neville Landless, arrive in town, Jasper sees an opportunity to get what he always wanted. But will he allow his dark desires to take shape, and will he get away with it if he does?

Part 2 : With Edwin Drood feared dead, Jasper tries desperately to remember events of the night before. While Neville protests his innocence in the whole affair, Jasper begins to pursue Rosa with an intensity that pushes him to the edge of sanity. But revelations from Helena and Neville point ominously towards the cathedral crypt, where a discovery will surprise everyone involved.

Period drama, starring Matthew Rhys, Rory Kinnear, Freddie Fox, Tamzin Merchant, Alun Armstrong, Julia McKenzie, David Dawson, Ron Cook, Sacha Dhawan, Amber Rose Revah and Alfie Davis.

I wonder if Charles Dickens would have written the same moralistic ending to this dark drama. The cast is great , especially Matthew Rhys is rather terrifying as Jasper.