I know that many of my friends are
suckers for enamoured of British period dramas – apparently there is currently one on Sunday nights that many of them would not miss for all the hot buttered crumpets at tea time. Given that it will soon be over I thought I’d investigate – on their behalf – some of the new offerings that Mother BBC may be sending across the pond to amuse the colonials and enlarge her coffers.
This one combines yummy period costumes, grand country houses, some ripe overacting from a stable of well-known British thespians (and the odd actor) and classy – and often incomprehensible but who cares it’s delivered with a British accent – dialogue that sends us provincials into orgasms of delight.
Not sure what sort of budget they were working on when Victoria Wood With All the Trimmings was produced but this is a pretty impressive gang of vagabond players: Imelda Stauntan, Geraldine McEwan, Pete Postelwaite, Delia Smith (yes that Delia Smith), Richard E. Grant, Alan Rickman and Victoria herself. Plus all sorts of familiar faces if not names from the land of costume drama. And in other sketches she has Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie, Lindsay Duncan, Roger Moore, Celia Imrie, Michael Parkinson, Robert Lindsay and Penelope Wilton – enough for a whole string of Jane Austen adaptations – well except Parkie, Parkie would never do Jane Austin.
On this day in 1923: Greece becomes the last European country to adopt the Gregorian calendar.