One Christmas when I was a child, I remember watching a TV programme set in a beautiful country house (makes so much sense now, lol), with ghost children and a scary moving statue of St. Christopher.
I never managed to see the end, which made me sad for many years, especially as I never knew the name of the story.
I later found out it was called The Children of Green Knowe, one of a series of books by Lucy M. Boston. You can find now, luckily for me a copy of the original programme posted here (in parts). Interestingly, since I re-discovered it, a film has been made of the sequel The Chimneys of Green Knowe starring Maggie Smith, which is known as From Time to Time. I watched this on TV over Christmas (coincidence, again). It has some charm, – and was filmed at Athelhampton House - though I still love the 80s show best!
Here are the books in order:
The Children of Green Knowe (1954)
The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958)
The River at Green Knowe (1959)
A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961)
An Enemy at Green Knowe (1964)
The Stones of Green Knowe (1976)
I am now collecting the stories for myself! Also, Lucy Boston lived at The Manor, Hemingford Grey. You can understand where she got the ideas for such wonderful stories. One day I would love to see it.
I never thought it was going to get here! I managed to get tickets to 30 Seconds To Mars’ tour at the AECC for the 3 December, and that time came around really quickly. Problem was the really bad snow where we all began to doubt that the concert would ever happen.
Good news is, after walking to the venue and back in the snow we made it and had an amazing time! I didn’t take my camera, but here is a recording from that show…
I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately. I don’t know if it’s the time of year, the freedom from study or what. But I’ll enjoy it all the same!
Some of you may remember my mentioning 30 Seconds to Mars a couple of years ago. They have now released a new album, and I’m loving the single Closer to the Edge. My fave from the new album This is War is Hurricane.
Check our Closer to the Edge, it’s fab!
Also love their cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.
Also loving: Muse, Biffy Clyro, King of Leon, Hurts and Marina and the Diamonds…
Those of you in the USA were fortunate enough to be watching this show in the Autumn of last year.
We’ve had it in the UK since February, and though I slightly missed the beginning, it’s really beginning to grow on me. I think it’s getting better as episodes go on.
It is of course, about vampires. This time though, they are vampire brothers, one good, one evil who return to the small town of their birth. Havoc ensues…
I must also give a mention to Francesco da Mosto’s Mediterranean Voyage, a programme I didn’t see the first time around, but I am loving on BBC HD. Francesco is a Venetian, and I loved his series about Venice itself.
I promised myself this after Nicola mentioned The Wicked Lady (1945) the other day. The real Wicked Lady was actually from the same part of the world as I am, which makes it all the more interesting to me!
Do love the scary Margaret Lockwood, plus Patricia Roc and James Mason. Does anyone else think that Michael Kitchen is a little like him?
While, we’re talking about wicked – what about The Man in Grey (1943)? James Mason is absolutely terrifying in that film! The end is really awful! Again with Margaret Lockwood, Phyllis Calvert also love Stewart Granger – gorgeous voice.
Last but not least (for now anyway) in glorious technicolour, I could never resist a bit of swash and buckle…Scaramouche (1952) Stewart Granger and Eleanor Parker.
Ooooh, flame-haired wildcat indeed! Truly the voiceover is dreadful.
Oh, go on then. A favourite completely: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon.
Repeat after me with your best RP, Vintage films are the best!