Supersizing With Desperate Romantics? Who Do You Think You Are?

TV joy, that’s who.

After the recent barren wasteland of historical TV, (or maybe that’s just my perception, lol) I have lately been treated to no less than 3 historical TV programmes a week.  Albeit, they haven’t all been about technical accuracy – but fun all the same.

For the past several weeks (finished tonight, boo) there has been the Supersizers Go…  For the uninitiated that’s a food critic (Giles Coren) and broadcaster/I don’t know what (Sue Perkins) try out food and lifestyles in different eras.  This is the second series.  They tried:

  • The Eighties (a bit dull this one)
  • Medieval (Cockantrice anyone?)
  • The French Revolution (For the outfits alone!)
  • The Twenties (Laxatives)
  • The Fifties (Horse meat, ack)
  • Ancient Rome (What’s worse rotten fish or duck tongues?)

It’s also worth seeing if you can find the episodes from the first series and the Edwardian programme.  Hilarious stuff, plus you might even learn a thing or two.  Just don’t watch Giles eat, and watch out for retching.

Hmm, what loveliness next?  The genealogical kind of course.  Who Do You Think You Are?  is back tracing the family trees of the famous.  Episode one with presenter Davina McCall was quite interesting, but episode two with DJ Chris Moyles was a tiny bit dull, but hopefully it will be back on form this week with presenter Kate Humble.  Always a quality show, even if they do make genealogy look super-fast and easy.

Last, and by no means least is Desperate Romantics.  Most of you will be aware that I love the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, namely Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Holman Hunt and John Millais.  This is a drama with a funky, humourous feel based on their lives.  The first episode was excellent, and I’m looking forward to the next one tomorrow.  Will it stick completely to the facts?  Perhaps not, but then I’m ok with that.

Enjoy, everyone.  I will be!

Cinema Trips – Plus Cuteness Overload

Monday was a holiday here, and as a treat the nephews got to go to the cinema to see Ice Age 3, and not only that – it was the 3D version.  Also as a treat, I got to go and see it too plus dodgy 3D glasses.  Bit of a change from the cardboard things I used many years ago!

Actually, it was really good, funny with in jokes that children wouldn’t get, and very entertaining in 3D.  The cuteness overload comes from one of the trailers we saw.

G-Force are highly trained spies….guinea-pig spies.  See the trailer, fabulous!  The mice will agree to anything…

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History Books I’d Like to Get My Hands On

Been thinking about these a lot lately, keep updating and trimming the list.  Have absolutely no space in the house either, but who cares…

Here are my top books that I want to own:

  • Sir Thomas Lawrence: the Artist by Mark Levey
  • Momento Mori: Churches and Churchyards of England by Simon Marsden
  • Strawberry Hill: Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle by Anna Chalcraft and Judith Viscardi
  • Thomas Hope: Designer and Patron in Regency London by David Watkin and Philip Hewat-Jaboor
  • Saving the Tsar’s Palaces by Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova
  • William Morris and Red House: A Collaboration Between Architect and Owner by Jan Marsh
  • Adam Houses (Country Life) by Eileen Law
  • The Jacobean Country Houses (Country Life) by Nicholas Cooper
  • The Regency Country House (Country Life) by John Martin Robinson
  • Versailles: A Biography of a Palace by Tony Spawforth
  • Van Dyck and Britain by Karen Hearn
  • The Wallace Collection by Stephen Duffy
  • The V&A Guide to Period Styles by Anna Jackson
  • Discovering Scottish Architecture by T.W. West
  • 1001 Paintings From the Louvre by Vincent Pomarede
  • Art Treasures of Kelvingrove by Hugh Stevenson
  • The National Gallery Complete Illustrated Catalogue by C. Baker
  • Jane Austen: the World of Her Novels by Deidre Le Faye
  • The History of British Art 1600-1870 by David Bindman
  • Shoes, Hats and Fashion Accessories by Carol Belanger Grafton
  • The Lonely Empress: Life of Elizabeth, Empress of Austria by Joan Haslip
  • Emperor Francis Joseph by John Van Der Kiste
  • Childhood At Court 1819-1914 by John Van Der Kiste
  • Mode Ilustree Fashion Plates by Florence Leniston
  • Houses of the National Trust by Lydia Greeves
  • Treasures From the Trust
  • Belton House by Adrian Tinniswood
  • London’s Country Houses by Caroline Knight
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum, London by Tim Knox
  • Sleuth: the Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures by Philip Mould

This also doesn’t include the books that I’m looking for that are out of print!  Any recommendations?

Escape In Time, Or Return to Victorian Farm If You Will

As a blogger you never know what might turn up in your comments or email inbox!

I’ve been asked nicely (should have asked for cash, lol) if I will pass on an ad to you from the makers of Victorian Farm, and as I have enormous respect for the original programme – I am posting it here.

It’s a chance for regular families to take part in a new programme called ‘Escape In Time’, who will be living and working on the same farm from the original series.

Not only am I glad the farm is coming back on TV, I’d love a go at this myself!  Let me know if any of you are going to try out for it :smile:




We are looking for people for a unique opportunity to escape the modern world and spend a week on the farm featured in the BBC2 series ‘Victorian Farm’.

The team behind the original series are now looking for everyday families to take part in a new BBC2 series called ‘Escape in Time’.  The families will have the chance to live on the original Victorian Farm estate for one week, rediscovering the practical skills and self-sufficiency that our grandparents had, but which we have lost, whilst competing against each other mastering tasks and crafts from the Victorian age.

It’s an unparalleled opportunity to work together as a family and enjoy the pleasure of learning to plough fields, weave baskets, make bread, sheer sheep, brew beer and many other skills.

If you think you might be interested, and you and your family (minimum of two people) can be available for one week’s filming in September 2009, please email with your contact telephone number, for more information.

New Films: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Well, this new film needs no introduction.  Though I should say that it is only the first part of the story, part two coming next year I think.  Anyhow, I do want to see it, even though I’ve heard they’ve changed the story a fair bit.

Edit: I did have a trailer on here, but apparently they’re all being deleted.  Way to advertise people.

In other film news, some of you may remember that I loved the film The Young Victoria.  The DVD is due out here in the UK on Monday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance!  A warning though, they do monkey around with the history a tiny bit in this film, but mostly it’s ok.


Those of you that remember our slightly obsessional love for the Sound of Music – I had to update on the exciting news that we have managed to grow a small crop of Edelweiss in the garden this year!  Though, last years’ was probably eaten by Bert the Evil Bassett Hound.

Here is a pic of one of our cuttings, will update on the rose garden soon, all our new roses are blooming at the moment!