Sometimes I like to think that I’m quite well experienced with television shows, even though I’m not watching them as often nowadays because I don’t have enough time. But I used to watch a lot of shows, and I know what shows are currently out there, even though I’m not watching them! Yet, despite all of this, and while I was watching 40 shows a week way back when, I rarely tuned in for period dramas… so I had quite a limited list to pick for this week.
This is quite a tiny little two season series that I would call a mini-series because it only has 10 episodes all together. It is quite a nostalgic choice for me, and it always comes to mind with great memories, because I watched this with my grandmother and it was probably my first serious drama show I was fully merged into and actually enjoyed. Based on a book series by the same name, The Forsyte Saga tells a story of one family through three different generations. And it’s also where I first saw Damian Lewis and his amazing acting skills.. granted, his character was very unpleasant, as far as I remember, but even as a teenager I recognised the skill behind that role.
Here’s where I cheat a little because it’s not actually my recommendation – help was provided for me by my flatmate, whose opinion I trust enough to list this show here. And actually, I myself have seen a few episodes and they were fun, nothing too bad actually, I simply had no time to binge watch the entire show and then I slowly just lost track of it. I still see gifsets of this on Tumblr though and it seems like a fun show, because even with drama shows, Brits usually like to throw some humour into it. But as the name indicates, this show is about the well known wizard named Merlin and his early years.
This one is all me because not only have I watched the first season of Outlander (haven’t tuned in for season 2 yet!), I’ve also read the first book in this epic series by Diana Gabaldon and I plan to read at least a few more! The show is very good as far as adaptations go but I did recommend it for a friend and she thought there was too much sexy-time happening. Funny, I thought there was not enough sexy-time but everyone can decide for themselves when they see it because you should give it a chance! Also, Outlander has quite a lot of serious topics and feminism is a solid theme which I think is especially interesting in the period drama context. There’s also time travel involved which is a shame because now I have one less show to recommend in May when the time travel theme for TMP is going to happen but I’ll survive, I mean, I can always ask my flatmate for her help because she has seen many many shows.
THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES