December 29th, 2006
|02:45 pm - Watching TV with my eyes closed
I didn't much like any TV over Christmas. Doctor Who was OK, but didn't thrill me. Fight Club Torchwood was, well, a bit meh. My sister's boyfriend watched it with me. 'There's a bit of a homoerotic subtext in this scene isn't there?... Oh, in this scene too... And this one.' The Ruby in the Smoke was the best thing I saw: I thought Julie Waters was brilliant as Mrs Holland, but the ending was silly and rushed. I thought Dracula with Mark Warren was, well, again OK, though I see that many on my friends list detested it.
But what I enjoyed most was what happened after everyone left (I'd been keeping 18 people fed and boozed up!) I fell asleep in front of the fire, with The Hound of the Baskervilles on TV. It was the most luxurious feeling, waking up from time to time to see the moors and the fog, and Holmes solving the case, and then drifting back off to sleep again. One of the most enjoyable Telly experiences for months, and I was mostly unconscious.
|December 29th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, bugger, did I miss The Ruby in the Smoke? I am an idiot.
It's bound to be repeated very soon. Have you read the book? I have a question but it's a spoiler.
|December 29th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, but ages ago - I don't mind about spoilers, as it'll come back to me while I'm watching, but I don't remember the plot offhand.
I was wondering why she didn't swap the ruby for Adelaide, the abused little girl that Mrs Holland was keeping prisoner, instead of throwing it away.
What's the name of that one? My daughter has a couple of them, so I might nick them off her.
Me too (on both counts). :-( As katlinel
said, it's apparently going to be repeated in the early hours of 4th Jan, 1:15am - 2:50am. That's in the Sign Zone; there's nothing listed on the Radio Times web site at the moment for any other repeats (I think their listings cover the next two weeks).
Yes, she did. I've only read a bit of one of the books in that series, but I think she captured the vim and courage of the character, without being a modern girl in Victorian dress.
oh is she? Interesting. that makes me think that they'll emphasise Fanny's courage rather than her wilting-violet tendency. Hope so anyway. I've just checked the imdb entry, and I don't know most of the cast, though I see the photographer's sister from Ruby in the Smoke will play Mary Crawford
The Holmes-viewing sounds splendid - and you certainly deserved it, after the day's work! I love the occasional times that I have a lie-in in a morning, drifting in and out of sleep to Radio 4.
I'm very cross with myself for missing The Ruby in the Smoke
, but your and katlinel
's comments are making me look forward to the repeat.
I think you'll like it a great deal. I imagine the books are well written orth a look too, though I've just read a bit of one of them.