Another month has passed. Despite bad news on many fronts, I hope it was a good one for you. Or at least, had more good days than not. Here’s a few bits from my April, a quiet month because it began with…
It finally got me. I honestly thought I was immune at this point.
I’d kept Covid out of my home for two years. Apparently I’m not immune, just a late adopter. So I spent most of the Easter holidays feeling rotten and- the worst bit- unable to taste or enjoy my Easter eggs. Boo to that.
I’m well enough to complain about it all now, so I suppose I’m fully recovered. Nasty business though. Let’s get onto a brighter note. Even Covid couldn’t stop me…
Mr THL picked this months viewing and he picked a winners. He’s good at that- he picked me, didn’t he?
We kicked off April by binge watching two seasons of The Missing. Both seasons are stand alone stories, each featuring retired detective Julien Baptiste. Caring, determined and a deep thinker, Baptiste is willing to go to great lengths to settle the cases that haunt him. Every good show needs a character you want to get behind no matter what. In The Missing, Baptiste is your man.
Season one follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt as he seeks answers to the disappearance of his young son. Five-year-old Oliver goes missing whilst on holiday in France, and nobody seems to have the answers. The plot twists had me suspecting everyone, but I didn’t work out the actual ending. It’s very clever.
Season 2 was an interesting one, as it’s set in a fictional British Army Garrison in Germany. The show flips the idea of a missing person by starting out with an abducted girl returning home, but all is not as it seems.
The time slipping storyline and multiple locations make this a tricky one to follow, but it’s worth sticking with. As an army wife, I picked a few things apart, but there’s also plenty of aspects of the storyline that have a touch of the truth about them.
I had reservations about watching S2 in case it borrowed anything from the real life case of Katrice Lee. It didn’t. Anyone who’s been out in Germany with the military will know the case and right up to 2019, there was still ongoing investigations. I don’t know if the case will ever be solved, but it shouldn’t be forgotten.
For a complete change of time and tone, we moved onto Taboo.
Set in Regency era London, Taboo is the story of adventurer James Keziah Delaney who returns to London from Africa following the death of his father. Delaney, played by Tom Hardy, is a rough diamond with an even rougher past and a touch of the super natural about him. There’s much to dislike- he’s rude, scruffy and violent- but you’ll find yourself warming to him.
Taboo also throws up some strong female characters, including an actress who claims to have been wed to the late Delaney Sr and a prostitute who shares a history with the family and who will go to any lengths to look after her own.
The 8 episodes follow Delaney as he returns to London, encounters his half sister after years apart and takes on the might of the East India Company as they pursue him for his inheritance. It’s unpredictable, witty and although entirely fictional has it’s roots in real historical events.
Fiction aside, the settings of the series have me a fascinated with all things Regency. The too-much-is-never-enough grandeur of it all. It’s ridiculous and I love it. Highlights from the set designs include the bathroom of my dreams complete with curtains round the bath and a gold vanity unit, taxidermy swans mounted upon the biggest floral arrangements I’ve ever seen and a table dressed with fruit and flowers and finished off with free roaming wild rabbits.
I’m not sure how any of that would work in new-ish build married quarter, or what the housing officer would say about it all. A girl can dream, hey? Out of la-la land and back into the realms of historical accuracy, the Regency love continued with another a lovely evening in the company of…
The History Wardrobe
Regency scandal, women’s history and some beautiful, beautiful costumes.
‘Bad Girls & Bonnets – Crime in Jane Austen’s Time’ is a romp through history and an intriguing insight into clothes and crime. As always, some of the stories are hilarious and some are very touching. Some of the history around textiles brings up more than you’d think- it’s never about ‘just clothes’.
I won’t give away too much about the content of the presentation on here, I don’t think it’s fair to. I’ll just say this; if you’ve an interest in fashion history and female history, the History Wardrobe is a winner. Books, online presentations and live shows across the UK. Something for everyone, where ever you are.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy month ahead.