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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What To Watch Now That Downton Abbey Is Over...

by Jill Eisner 
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For all of you who currently going through Downton Abbey Withdrawal Syndrome, the library owns a lot of other interesting British period pieces that might catch your fancy. Here are some recent additions to the collection:

    Mr. Selfridge


Starring: Jeremy Piven, Frances O'Connor, Zoe Tapper, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amanda Abbington, Katherine Kelly, Poppy Lee Friar

Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven stars as American entrepreneur and colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining-or sometimes just eccentric-was showcased. Based on the book Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge by author Lindy Woodhead. (Series)

 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries


Starring: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

Miss Phryne Fisher, private detective, sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. Phryne has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, and she's usually armed with the right weapon. Aided by her maid, Dorothy 'Dot' Williams, Phryne ventures from the city's mansions to its brothels, gaining admirers and enemies along the way. (Series)

   Parade’s End


Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett, Adelaide Clemens, Miranda Richardson, Roger Allam

An epic story of love and betrayal, set during a formative period in British history, from the twilight years of the Edwardian era to the end of World War I. Based on the quartet of novels by Ford Madox Ford, this five-part miniseries was adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard. (Series )

      The Paradise


Starring: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Matthew McNulty

Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues, and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents, she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. (Series)

If you like the selections listed above, check out some of these older titles:

Television Series
Bleak House
Daniel Deronda
The Forsyte Saga
Little Dorrit
Pride and Prejudice
To Serve Them All My Days
Upstairs Downstairs

Feature Films
Albert Nobbs
Brideshead Revisited
Bright Star
Gosford Park
Jane Eyre
King’s Speech, The
Mansfield Park
The Mill on the Floss
Sense and Sensibility
The Young Victoria



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