TV time again and this is another biggie from Wandering Through The Shelves who had the great idea to choose this theme and there are so many to choose from. I went with the King and Queen of the miniseries to a more recent British TV series and here they are...
1. EAST OF EDEN-1981
This is my favourite version of this book written by John Steinbeck. Don't get me wrong, the 1955 film that I have spoken about before is excellent but this one takes in more of the complete book than just the last part. Jane Seymour stars as the villainess, Cathy Ames who leaves her hometown, after burning down her home with her parents inside it. After some foolishness on her part, she ends up on the doorstep, beaten to a pulp, of 2 brothers, Adam and Charles Trask. Of course we have the Cain and Abel story going on here where the good son sees Cathy through rose-coloured glasses and the bad boy sees Cathy for who she is. Let's just say her beauty gets the better of both ending up with her pregnant with twins. The latter half of the book is what most people know about where the twins are repeating the good and evil vibe set out by their Father and Uncle. This is excellently acted and really shows the acting chomps of Jane Seymour. To me, this is a must see.
2. THE THORN BIRDS-1983
When this miniseries came out(authored by Colleen McCullough), it caused a huge furor with the Catholic Church where the pope denounced it and the news dedicated whole segments about whether priests should be allowed to marry(uh yes!). This stars the king of the mini series, Richard Chamberlain as the young Ralph DeBricassart who is the priest in a small town in Australia near Drogheda, a huge sheep ranch reigned over by the great Barbara Stanwyck. Her brother and his wife come with their children to live and work on this farm. Their one girl is a young Meggie whom the priest grows very fond of. Well, little girls grow up and the priest has some very lusty thoughts but he quells them because he is also ambitious and has his eyes set on the Vatican. People were riveted to this miniseries that, I think, was 4 two hour episodes. I loved it and loved the romance, the acting and how so much repeats from one generation down to the next. Barbara Stanwyck won an Emmy for this role but felt Ann-Margaret should have won in her stead. This was second in the most popular miniseries next to Roots...another great TV show. Thank God Netflix and all these cable channels didn't exist back then.
I love the PBS series starring a hubba hubba Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark who, considered dead for the past 5 years, shows up quite alive coming home to see his family and the love of his life, played by Heida Reed. Little does he know that she married his brother thinking Ross was dead. From there we meet a scruffy waif that Ross saves, played by Eleanor Tomlinson who cleans up very well with her long red locks. Soon enough they become a twosome but she can not stop him from saving his part of the world, working the mines, sparring with a jerk Jack Farthing and still drooling over his lost love. We meet a noble doctor, many townspeople, distant cousins, a disgusting minister with a penchant for women's toes all set around the last 1700's to the early 1800's. This is a wonderful series that is a remake of another Poldark done in the 1970's I love this one and hope you get a chance to see it.
Which 3 would you choose?