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Below are images from "DEATH ON THE NILE", the 1978 adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1937 novel. Directed by John Guillermin, the movie starred Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Read more... )<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;
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"JUDGING ELIZABETH POLDARK"

To this day, I am amazed at the level of hostility directed at the Elizabeth Chynoweth Poldark character in the two BBC series titled, "POLDARK". Quite frankly, I find this hostility to be bordered on the level of a psychotic. Read more... )
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”APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH” (2008) Review

Looking back on the number of Agatha Christie movie adaptations I have seen, I find it surprising that only a handful of Christie titles have been adapted for the movies or television more than once. One of those titles happened to be the author’s 1938 novel called ”Appointment With Death”. Read more... )
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"AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" (2015) Review

Ever since I gave up reading the "NANCY DREW" novels at the age of thirteen, I have been a fan of those written by Agatha Christie. And that is a hell of a long time. In fact, my fandom toward Christie's novels have extended toward the film and television adaptations. Among those stories that have captured my imagination were the adaptations of the author's 1939 novel, "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE". Read more... )
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Below is a list of my five favorite episodes from Season One of the British series, "INDIAN SUMMERS". Created by Paul Rutman, the series starred Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Jemima West and Julie Waters. Read more... )
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"EDWARD AND MRS. SIMPSON" (1978) Review

I have noticed in the past decade or so, there have been an increasing number of television and movie productions that either featured the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (aka King Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallis Simpson), either as supporting characters or lead characters. Actually, only one production - the 2011 movie, "W.E." - featured them as leads. And yet . . . with the exception of the 2011 movie, the majority of them tend to portray the couple as solely negative caricatures. Read more... )
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Below are images from Season One of the BBC drama, "INDIAN SUMMERS". Created by Paul Rutman, the series starred Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Jemima West and Julie Waters: Read more... )
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (1975): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT

Last winter, I began watching the BBC's 1975-77 adaptation of Winston Graham's literary series about the life of a British Army officer and American Revolutionary War veteran, following his return to his home in Cornwall. The first four episodes proved to be adaptation of the first novel in Graham's series, 1945's "Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787". Episodes Five to Eight focused on the series' second novel, 1946's "Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790". Read more... )
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"INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK" (1981) Review

I suspect that many would be astounded to read the following - I did not want to see "INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK" when it first hit the theaters back in 1981. I simply did not. And there were a few reasons why I felt this way. Read more... )
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES ONE TO FOUR

In the years between 2010 and 2015, I have not been able to stumble across a new British period drama that really impressed me. Five years. That is a hell of a long time for a nation with a sterling reputation for period dramas in both movies and television. Fortunately, the five-year dry spell finally came to an end (at least for me) with the arrival of "POLDARK", the BBC's new adaptation of Winston Graham's literary series. Read more... )
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Below are images from "EDWARD AND MRS. SIMPSON", the 1978 adaptation of the events leading to the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII of Great Britain. Based upon Frances Donaldson's 1974 biography, the seven-part miniseries starred Edward Fox and Cynthia Harris: Read more... )
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Below is a gallery of photos from the 1981 adventure classic, "INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK". Produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie starred Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies: Read more... )
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TIME MACHINE: BATTLE OF THE SOMME - PART ONE

July 1 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, which proved to be a major offensive during World War I. The battle or offensive was fought between the Allies (British Empire and French armies) and the armies of the German Empire between July 1 and November 18, 1916. Read more... )
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Below are images from Series One of "POLDARK", the 2015 adaptation of the following novels by Winston Graham - "Ross Poldark" (1945) and "Demelza" (1946). Produced by Debbie Horsfield, the series stars Aidan Turner in the titled role: Read more... )
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"HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT" (2004) Review

My knowledge of 19th century author, Anthony Trollope, can be described as rather skimpy. In fact, I have never read any of his works. But the 2004 BBC adaptation of his 1869 novel, "He Knew He Was Right", caught my interest and I decided to watch the four-part miniseries. Read more... )
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"THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA" (1981) Review

Some might find this hard to believe, but I used to be an avid viewer of PBS's "MASTERPIECE THEATER" years ago. Even when I was a child. That is right. Even as a child, I was hooked on period dramas set in Great Britain's past. One of the productions that I never forgot happened to be one that is rarely, if ever, discussed by period drama fans today - namely the 1981 miniseries, "THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA". Read more... )
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Here is a gallery featuring images from the 2004 BBC miniseries, "HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT". Adapted from Anthony Trollope's 1869 novel by Andrew Davies and directed by Tom Vaughn, the miniseries starred Oliver Dimsdale and Laura Fraser: Read more... )
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Below are images from "THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA", the 1981 adaptation of Elspeth Huxley's 1959 memoirs. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, the series starred Hayley Mills, Holly Aird and David Robb: Read more... )

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