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!

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4 Responses to Supersizing With Desperate Romantics? Who Do You Think You Are?

  1. I really did enjoy the first episode of Desperate Romantics too. In fact once I stop typing I start watching!

  2. The pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti? Funky?

    You are so far ahead of me I’ll never catch up to you.

    All we have to watch is True Blood and Hung. Don’t ask.

  3. I am watching the desperate romantics on iplayer… as I missed the first one and can sneakily watch it at work (or rather listen to it) while setting up courses for next year on our VLE..

    Love the supersizers, giles and sue are just so funny…

  4. Good taste Jams! I’ll rest awhile and let you catch up Max. We’ve only just got True Blood (though I read the books years ago), and I’ve heard about Hung. Weird idea…

    IPlayer is so handy Sage, let me know what you make of it. I’m missing Supersizers already, but some kind soul has uploaded the episodes onto YouTube…

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