|Anna Maxwell Martin in South Riding|
The costumes and scenery are amazing and the acting is first rate. It really made me want to read what I understand is a great novel. I will likely pick it up right after I finish my current read (Year of Wonders:A novel of the Plague about the Derbyshire village of Eyam which quarantined itself in 1666-this one would make a good film too). I think to best entice you all to see this one, and help those who need to catch up on the characters before next week, I'll give you the BBC character sketches:
|Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton|
|David Morrisey as Robert Carne|
|Katherine McGolpin as Midge Carne|
|Douglas Henshall as Joe Astell|
|Penelope Wilton as Mrs. Beddows|
|John Henshaw as Mr. Huggins|
|Charlie May-Clark as Lydia Holly|
|Shaun Dooley as Mr. Holly|
Well, you know I will be watching this one for the next two Sunday nights on PBS. And I hope those of you who like to read some of these classics will also enjoy the novel.
Oh, one little explanation for those who watched the first episode and wondered what Robert Carne was doing with the vial and breathing into the handkerchief. Apparently the character of Robert Carne has angina and he is breathing in amyl nitrite, a vasodilator, similar to the nitroglycerin used these days. You will see him use this again in episode 2 so I thought I would mention this for those who are puzzled.
Cheers and I hope you will enjoy this little gem, but just understand that this is a bit grittier than some of Masterpiece Theatre's more recent offerings. A very interesting look at regular folk's lives in Northern England during the time period between the two great wars.