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Old December 5th, 2016, 06:43 AM   #21

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Downton Abbey.
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Old December 5th, 2016, 08:47 AM   #22

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My favourite series are Brett's Sherlock Holmes, Hornblower and Sharpe; + Trollope adaptations (esp. the Pallisers and Barchester Chronicles), and the best adaptations of of novels by Dickens, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and Henry James. Many Victorian novels, which were published either serially or as capacious three volume works, seem ideally suited for turning into TV series!
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Old December 20th, 2016, 01:27 PM   #23
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Well my all-time favorite would be HBO's superb "Rome" series that ran for two seasons. It was the best thing I've ever seen on the Roman empire, as it followed the lives of two ordinary Roman soldiers. It began when Caesar crossed the Rubicon. It is available on DVD and I cannot recommend it highly enough for anybody interested in movies from that era.

Also high on my list of historical series would be Lonesome Dove, if I could be allowed to call that a historical series. Based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer prize winning novel. It is quite simply the finest Western ever made. Period.
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Old December 30th, 2016, 02:05 PM   #24
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The Tudors is good
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Originally Posted by Disciple of Sophia

Name: Sharpe's Rifles
Rating: Five stars
Setting: 19th century Napoleonic Wars; Spain; France; Britain.
Accuracy: the history was accurate and the antiquities seemed ok.
Acting: Excellent - it stars a young Sean Bean and other fine actors.
Writing: Also excellent.
Eye Candy: Good, but not great, beauties in every show though.
Family Friendliness: completely family friendly
They shoot and slice people with swords. How's that family friendly?

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Eye Candy: Excellent, plenty of very beautiful women with a lot of them becoming famous actresses.
Family Friendliness: completely FF, just has some racism mainly in The Hop Sing character - so don't watch with Hans/Chinese.
Lucky then I don't have Hans/Chinese in my family. Or Saudi-Arabians, I could watch only tv-series with no women at all or wearing robes at least.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 11:36 AM   #26
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They shoot and slice people with swords. How's that family friendly?
All the people being slaughtered are fully dressed, of course....
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 05:57 PM   #27

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I have so many I love but lately:

She-Wolves for documentaries

Downton Abbey for historical fictionish stuff.
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Pillars of the Earth, the Borgias, the Medici, and Marco Polo in that order.
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Old March 12th, 2017, 12:09 PM   #29

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Downton Abbey.
Is that set in the past?
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Old March 13th, 2017, 03:59 AM   #30

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Is that set in the past?
It's post Brexit speculative fiction.
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