Underground

Last watched March 2017 Description: Set on a plantation in Macon, Georgia, Underground is the story of “the Macon 7” – 7 slaves who escaped and made their way to the North with the help of the Underground Railroad. Opinion: I watched 3 episodes of the Roots miniseries before I had to have a wee break. It…

Juana Inés

Last watched February 2017 Description: Based on the true story of nun and academic, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, this Mexican is a semi-historical biography following her life after she is introduced to the court in New Spain as a teen. Being a bright young woman at the time when inquisitors of the Church were so powerful,…

The Long, Long Holiday

Last watched September 2016 Summary: Collette and Ernest are visiting their grandparents on their farm outside Granville near Normandy when World War 2 breaks out. Their mother goes to Switzerland and their father joins the French army, then the French resistance, leaving them with their grandparents. The series spans the years it takes for the war (and…

the Last Kingdom

Last watched Jan 2016 Summary: It’s 9C AD and England is separated into 7 kingdoms, much of which is ruled by the Danes. Uhtred is left an orphan by them but instead of being murdered or left to die, he is taken in and raised as one. Uhtred’s loyalties are constantly tested as he traverses both…

A Young Doctor’s Notebook

Last watched November 2016 Description: In the early 20 Century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian town around the time of the Russian revolution. He must navigate the strong-headedness resistance of the local population, the shadow of the well loved previous doctor and his struggles with isolation and boredom that drive him, at least…

the Bletchley Circle

Last watched early 2015 Description: Susan Gray, Millie, Lucy, and Jean work together at a secret facility at Bletchley to decipher German military codes for the British military, during World War II. After a brief introduction of the four women at Bletchley during the war, the series begins in 1952, seven years after the war’s…

Restless

Last watched late 2015 Description: When Ruth Gilmartin, a PhD student at St John’s College goes to see her mother in the country, she finds her mother paranoid about men watching her from the woods. Ruth dismisses these claims until her mother hands her a notebook with the name “Eva Delectorskaya” on it; her real…

Call the Midwife

Last watched August 2016 Description: The plot follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee, and the work of midwives and the nuns of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent, and part of an Anglican religious order, coping with the medical problems in the deprived Poplar district of London’s desperately poor East End, in the 1950s. The Sisters…

Bomb Girls

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