Television Finds

I NEVER imagined I would be writing blog posts about television shows I’ve been watching but look.  Here I am doing just that.

I told you that I had been busy watching shows on Acorn Television.  I’m getting the most of Acorn and watching LOTS.

I previously wrote that I had subscribed to Acorn Television after I found a series called “A Place to Call Home”.  Well…that show came to an end and then I realized that there was another show featuring the same actress.  The show is “Janet King”.  It’s a good show too.

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Unlike the other show which was set after WWII, this show takes place present day and the main character is a lawyer for the Crown.  There’s mystery involved and the mystery is good.

Season one was my favorite season but the others were good as well.  I was sad to see the seasons of the show come to an end.  In the final season Janet ended up more of a detective than a prosecutor…but that was okay with me.

From Acorn Television I went to Amazon Prime.

Our daughter Kayla recommended that I try watching Island at War.

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It was good recommendation and I’m glad I ended up watching it.  Notice the actress on the right…if you watched Downton Abbey, you’ll remember her.

This was released in 2004 but still good.  It’s a WWII show.  Here’s the synopsis.  During the Second World War, a quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.

I loved this a wished for more but there is no more.  It’s billed as a mini-series with six episodes.

After this I tried My Mother and Other Strangers…  It came up in the Amazon recommendation after I watched Island at War.

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I liked this show but after only one season, it left viewers hanging.  I did go and search to see if more seasons were planned but it looks like now are scheduled.  BUMMER.  I liked the show.

It’s set in Ireland in WWII.  You know me and WWII.  I’m attracted to all of it whether it’s books or movies.  If you don’t get Amazon Prime, I believe these can be watched on PBS.

The Last Post which I found on Amazon was wonderful.  It takes place in 1965 in Aden, Yemen and the British Royal Forces serve to protect oil resources in the area.

Image result for the last post season 2The family of the wives are to the posts with them and that makes things very interesting.

I loved the show and would happily watch several more seasons…but alas.  It says only one season.  Bummer as I really did like it.  I so wish I could understand why some shows get cut off and others go on and on.

I LOVE having TV in my sewing room now.  I don’t know how I went from a NO TELEVISION GIRL to a girl that has some show going on in the evenings.  I have thought about it all and tried to figure out why?  I’ve come to the following conclusions:
1-No Commercials anymore
2-I can pick what I watch and when
3-I don’t have to watch all of the underlying sex joke shows
4-I don’t have to share the TV

Whatever it is…I’m loving it.  I don’t get in as many books, but that’s okay.  I like the variety.

What are you watching??

21 thoughts on “Television Finds”

  1. Janet King and A Place to Call Home where made here in Australia.
    You might also like “Crownies” (a young Janet King)
    and “Jack Irish” (also books) starring Guy Pearce.

  2. The Durrell’s in Corfu on Masterpiece theatre. It is funny and poignant about a mother who is raising her family on Corfu.

  3. Oh, British crime series are the best!

    If you can, try SILENT WITNESS. Modern coroners solving crimes and uncovering unknown facts. Very good and then there is ENDEVOUR and when this detective matures, the series becomes INSPECTOR MORSE.

    If you enjoy stories set about courage in war, then ANZAC GIRLS is for you. It is about young Australian and New Zealand nurses coping in a war situation and if you prefer…..during WWII in Britain ….try FOYLE’S WAR. VERA of course is a police detective with a quirky personality and mind who solves crimes in present day UK.

    We watch the KNOWLEDGE network and PBS here in Vancouver Canada . Voluntary payment for both and excellent programming with no commercials.

  4. We have DirectTV and I can watch any of the shows on my phone. I listen to a lot of YouTube–Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins Returns, Garrison Keillor and Billy Joel videos and music.

  5. Jo, we ditched DirecTV and went to Hulu, Amazon Prime, and yes, ACORN! We love them for all the reasons you enumerated. I have a TV in my sewing room and you’re right, it’s special because I don’t have to compromise on what shows I want to watch. I can just stream YouTube quilting videos if I want to, or the Great British Bake Off. (BTW, YouTube videos are the next thing for you and Kelli to produce. In your spare time, of course! hahahaha)

  6. I used to quilt mostly by hand, and would binge watch a series while quilting. I’ve started doing more on my machine and switched to audio books. I share your love of WWII so I’ll have to see how many of these I can get. I watched Land Girls a while back and loved it.

  7. Silk, BBC. Three seasons. Amazon Prime.

    Here’s a blurb about the show: Martha Costello is a brilliant, passionate defense lawyer with a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden. She is about to apply to become a member of the highly prestigious Queen’s Counsel, but joining Martha is Clive Reader; charming, funny, gifted and dangerous. Only one is likely to be made QC, and Clive knows exactly how to play the game.

  8. Glad you enjoyed Janet King. I am from Australia and my husband and I watched this series too. We really enjoyed it. There is one more Aussie series I think you may enjoy and its called Wanted. There are 3 series of this one. I really enjoyed it. I adore British crime series.

  9. We don’t have any of the streaming services, but you can find the BBC documentary series Wartime Farm on YouTube. It deals with farm life in WWII Britain. We absolutely loved it!

  10. Jo, I enjoy your blog & like your tv recommendations or quilting posts. I know you listen to a lot of books from your library. I am really enjoying. “ The Tattooist Of Auschwitz”. I will be so sorry for it to end, great story, & supposed to be true.

  11. I recommend Homefires tv series. Also Jambusters, the book on which the series is based is worth a read.
    Regards from snowy Shropshire
    P. S. Some of the scenes of the airfield and it’s buildings were filmed at the Shropshire Aeroclub where my husband works.

  12. We watch every Brit show we can find. Especially on Masterpiece. Do you pay for all these extra channels? HKave you ever watched Keeping Up Appearances with Hyacinth and her sisters Daily and Rose and Violet who has room for a pony? It is hilarious. WE lived in ENgland for 3 years in the 70’s and loved every minute of it.

  13. Nikki DeRamus Moshier

    Just finished watching The Informer on Prime. Great, gripping drama. I do find English shows so different from American tv, more character development and thinking outside the box. LOVE THEM!

  14. We have been watching Enemy at the Door on Amazon lately. It is an older production but very good. It is about the Germans occupying the island of Guernsey. Also, the movie The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society is a good movie on the same subject. The Women in the Castle is a good audio book, WWII historical fiction. It is about a widow whose husband was involved with the attempted assassination of Hitler. if The Indigo Girl is a very good audio book about the woman who is credited with bringing the indigo trade to America.

  15. I have a tv in my sewing room and I love having something that I can listen to and enjoy while I spend time playing with fabric. Its amazing how different my tv likes are compared to my husbands, so I’m grateful for the space. Love all the recommendations from your blog readers, Wow! Ive added a few more to my list, thanks so much.

  16. Right now my husband and I are both addicted to McLeod’s Daughters on Amazon Prime. It is an Australian tv show that takes place on a cattle and sheep station run by women. If you find that you like it you will be happy to know that there are 8 seasons with most seasons having over 30 episodes. It has lots of drama, laughter and sadness along with great characters.

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