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Tue Sep 11, 2012, 10:58 AM

While we wait for Downton Abbey...there is a treasure called Foyle's War!

We seem drawn to shows around the WWII time frame, and also love mysteries. We also like good plot that moves at a nice relaxed pace, and great acting - Foyle's War really has it all. We are probably 2/3 way through the series, which we are getting on Netflix DVDs - one episode to a disc. Best parts are the incredible, understated acting of Michael Kitchen (Berkeley Cole in Out of Africa, also a prominent role in Enchanted April among others), and two actors we'd not known until now - Anthony Howell and the amazingly cute, screen grabbing Honeysuckle Weeks.

Truth be told, we enjoyed season one of Downton Abbey, but find the last few - esp. the very last season - of slipping into a "Harry Potter movie-like need to resolve all peril in about 10 seconds". I wish the writer would assume a bit more patience from his audience and make it a bit more deep and patient....Upstairs, Downstairs was a nice blueprint for this series and we like the pacing of it much better than Downton.

Anyway...if you don't know of, or haven't seen, Foyle's War, give it a try and prepare to be addicted!

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Reply While we wait for Downton Abbey...there is a treasure called Foyle's War! (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Sep 2012 OP
Lydia Leftcoast Sep 2012 #1
per_ardua Sep 2012 #2
cbayer Sep 2012 #3
Viva_La_Revolution Sep 2012 #4
NRaleighLiberal Sep 2012 #5
truebrit71 Sep 2012 #6
bif Sep 2012 #7

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:06 AM

1. Great series--and Acorn Media has bought the rights to it and

is in the process of filming a seventh season.

Also, I don't know if these are available, but a couple more series that take place during World War II are Island at War, about the Channel Islands, which were occupied by the Germans, and Danger UXB, about the bomb squads that went around defusing unexploded bombs during the Blitz.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:17 AM

2. hulu plus

We signed up for the free trial with hulu plus just to watch the second season of abbey. Otherwise not too impressed with their format and content.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:28 AM

3. Highly recommended. We watch it on the regular TV, as we have no streaming

capacity at all at this point.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:46 AM

4. another treasure you might enjoy.. The Dutchess of Duke Street

The Duchess Of Duke Street is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, the former producer of the highly successful ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. It starred Gemma Jones as Louisa Trotter, the eponymous "Duchess" who works her way up from servant to renowned cook to proprietrix of the upper-class Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street, St. James's, in London.
The story is loosely based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis (née Ovenden), the "Duchess of Jermyn Street", who ran the Cavendish Hotel in London.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Duchess_of_Duke_Street


I especially enjoyed seeing how kitchens were run back then, and how much I learned about cooking from scratch Then the story caught me up..

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 12:55 PM

5. thanks! Yes, loved it...we are big fans of many PBS series - few we've not watched.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 04:30 PM

6. I remember watching that when it was first broadcast...

...blimey do I feel old now...

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 09:39 PM

7. "Fortunes of War" is one of my all time favorites

It's available from Netflix. Early Kenneth and Emma Thompson. They're moving from country to country, trying to stay ahead of he Nazis. Great chemistry betwen them. You'll love it.

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