1) All I meant was that I don't care for shows that distort history. Particularly one with such a hideous distortion. But if someone else likes it, fine. At least that one is so far from reality that at no one will think it portrays real history. That's all I meant.
2) Amazon seeks world domination through Communist methods, not Nazi methods.
1) I never thought of alternative history as a distortion of history. It's more like "what if." I'm always fascinated by what could've been. And this world domination by the Nazis is not such a far-fetched idea. It could very well have happened.
Time for the Call the Midwife Christmas special! Always a treat--the first one was one of the best single TV programs I've ever seen. This year's special will air on Christmas night at 8 p.m. on the main WTTW 11.1 channel, and then it will rerun twice: The day after Christmas at 2 p.m. on subchannel 11.2, and then back on the main 11.1 channel on New Year's Eve at midnight.
Glad they're premiering it at 8 p.m. instead of dinnertime like they've done in the past. Much better.
I just binged watched all of season six, and loved it. Best season since season three (Exit of Jennifer Worth). I am totally excited about the Xmas special, as it deals with the coldest winter in 300 years . With so many cast departures its great the series is still going strong, it did wobble in season five, but normal service has been resumed .
Well I caught this on the third airing, fortunately. It was excellent, as expected. Have to admit the big plot surprise in the middle of it, it seemed kind of hard to swallow. (I won't elaborate for spoiler reasons.) It actually sparked discussion in the media about whether it was a plausible thing to happen:
And I got a little annoyed after a while with not seeing anybody's breath outside in wintertime, but that's been an issue in K-historicals too...and I guess we don't want the cast catching pneumonia, do we. Anyway these are always a treat. Now we wait impatiently for Season 7! I wasn't able to locate an air date for PBS here in the USA but presumably they'll start airing in March like they have in past years.
It will air after Victoria concludes AKJ. Ha ha yes the Xmas miracle bit was not lost on me, even more cast members missing from this one. Still it was enjoyable .Although they are depicting the East End as a lovable melting pot for all sorts of peeps, it was not, far from it in fact .
I wonder if they will introduce The Kray Brothers?, they were running the East End by this time. I really do not see how they can leave them out really, as they had their hands in everything . They were meant to be in season six, but maybe i missed something, as i did not notice . Jennifer Worth mentions them in the books also.
Several cast members have chosen to leave the show recently, which really surprises me. Patsy the midwife and her girlfriend, both of them have left, and so has Sgt. Noakes. And the real stunner is Cynthia/Sister Mary Cynthia, she's decided to leave too. Not clear if they're ever coming back but that's why we didn't see them. You'd think actors would be so happy to be in something this good that they'd never want to leave.
I had to laugh about the storyline with the terrible, awful weather. They're complaining because it's -5 Centigrade in London, well as I was watching, it was -5 here in Chicago. Fahrenheit! Wussies. But two feet of snow, that's nothing to sneeze at. I liked that they took the historical event of the bad weather and made the story around it. Sticking to real history always works well on TV, and don't we know that here in this forum!
Its back on Sunday with a brand new season, new characters . This season got rave reviews in the UK,its a "get out the tissues"season, full of emotional heart wrenching episodes . I have one niggling complaint, after seven seasons we are only at 1963, 65 and 66 were life changing, groundbreaking years in so many ways, a total cultural revolution.So i just wish they would move things along time wise .
Good heavens I got so busy and distracted, this shot right by me. Thanks MTR, much appreciated. New season of CTM starts here in Chicago this coming Sunday. Yay! They've been running the Christmas special this week to get everybody ready for it.
Looks like the weekly episodes will run:
Sunday at 7 p.m. on 11-1 Monday at 3 p.m. on 11-2 Tuesday at 8 p.m. on 11-2 Wednesday at 2 a.m. on 11-2 Wednesday at 8 a.m. on 11-2 Saturday at 11 p.m. on 11-1
I'll check that again next week. Probably it won't be exactly the same every week...but at least they're running them more times than in past years so it'll be more convenient to watch.
Well I got a bit behind over the eight weeks but thanks to streaming I caught up and finished the season. (Should have mentioned this sooner but PBS always has the most recent two episodes available online for streaming.)
Another beautifully produced season, no dropoff there whatsoever. Some really good episodes and stories. Wouldn't say it was one of the best seasons but still good. I continue to be a little irritated with the avoidance of a sad ending. Even the one big tragedy this season, it just didn't pack the wallop that it should have. The longer this goes on the more I notice it...but maybe it's too much to ask of a mainstream television network to send people away unhappy.
One thing I don't understand is why there's been so much turnover in the cast. It's a credit to the series that it's maintained such a very high level of quality in spite of so many of the main actors coming and going. These people are leaving by their choice. Why are they willingly walking away from a hugely popular and well-done series after such short stints? (Popular as in #1 in the ratings every week it airs.) Especially with only eight episodes a year, not like here in the USA where the seasons run 22-24 episodes and the commitment is pretty close to year-round. You'd think it would be a dream job for any actor lucky enough to get hired. Very strange.
Anyway, the series is already locked in for two more eight-episode seasons plus two more Christmas specials. Hooray for that!
Christmas special 2018! And not to give away too much but this one even has an Asian story angle, how about that. Airdates/times on WTTW here in Chicago:
main channel: Tuesday, December 25, 8-9:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 1-2:30 a.m. and 2:30-4 a.m. Sunday, December 30, 10-11:30 p.m.
11.2 subchannel (Prime): Wednesday, December 26, 6-7:30 a.m., 7:30-9 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Okay so the Christmas night timeslots are wonderful. But seven more airings after Christmas day and not a single one before it? Who's going to want to watch it after Christmas? Well it wouldn't be WTTW without bizarre, senseless scheduling, would it. at least they're still airing the series...and the Christmas specials are always excellent.
Its part and parcel of Xmas night viewing now AKJ.
The one blonde actress, forget her name, she plays the fashionista with the drinking problem, will probably leave, she has gotten married and now has two young children, so that's another original off .
Funny, I was just thinking about that, trying to remember who's still left from the first year. Not many. Trixie is the only secular midwife left. The head nun. Dr. Turner and his wife. I think Fred the handyman. And the old nun, sister Monica Joan. (Who'd have thought she'd still be around, of all people.)
If Trixie leaves, I can understand leaving for family reasons but still the turnover rate on a show this good, it's beyond me. Especially with only nine episodes a year. But I'm repeating myself.
I sure do miss sister Evangelina, she was terrific.
Well, WTTW strikes again. I was busy and couldn't get free until after the second airing started at 9:30, so I set the recorder to catch the second airing so I could sit down and watch it as soon as the recording finished at 11. And what do I find? LAST year's Christmas special. UGH! So the new one aired first, followed by an older one. Thanks for making that clear. This is the same station that shows all that intellectual stuff?
Okay so THIS year's special is on four more times: tomorrow December 26 at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the 11.2 subchannel; Thursday December 27 at 1:30 a.m. on the main channel; and Sunday December 30 at 10 p.m. on the main channel. So to my question about why anybody would want to watch the thing after Christmas, the answer is: because you have to! Good grief.
This was one of the best Xmas specials i have seen, and it has to be watched AKJ, because it sets up things for the coming season. I was also glad to see one of the originals return, i thought she had gone.
A couple of gripes, after 8 seasons( inc the new one), i wish they would speed up the time periods,the series is still in 63/64. I really want to see them at the hight of "swinging London".
The Jennifer Worth voice overs i wish would go also, she left in season 3, even with keeping in contact, she would not be aware of every single thing going on. The voice-over has complete knowledge.It does not make sense.
Lastly what happened to the young rector who's wife died?, i thought they had him sticking around, but he is gone with no explanation.