North and South

One of the benefits of the hotel having satellite, and indeed of the Dutch generally speaking English, is that I do get the BBC. This has meant I have been able to enjoy the delightful North and South which was adapted from the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. I will admit that on first viewing I thought it was going to be some carbon copy historical drama. In fact it was the delectable Daniela Denby-Ashe who held my attention while I got past the stereotypes and my 30 second assessment that this was essentially Pride and Prejudice but using geographical differences as well as those of class and status. I enjoyed the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, so that may have had something to do with my subsequent enjoyment of North and South. Anyway, the last episode aired tonight and it concluded in a way that will certainly please any romantics out there (of which I am unashamedly one), though it was a little short, and a little predictable.

Anyway, my thanks to the cast and crew, my Sunday evenings will be a duller place without you.

Incidently, for those who missed it, there is a DVD set due out some time in summer 2005, no dates confirmed as yet.

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