One of the unexpected benefits of the 2NHG's public nerdiness is receiving advance notice of interesting historically–related books and television shows.
Recently we received word from PBS member station WGBH Boston* of what looks to be another delicious Masterpiece program, Downton Abbey. We understand it’s been a hit in the U.K., and we expect no less here. Certainly, the preview clips are enticing, as is the program description:
“The plot of Downton Abbey is straight out of Jane Austen, updated to the era that introduced electric lights and telephones. It is 1912. The Titanic has just gone down in the north Atlantic, taking with it the two male heirs to Downton Abbey, whose current Lord Grantham has only daughters—albeit marriageable ones. His nearest male relative is a lowly lawyer—and bachelor—living in Manchester, who duly arrives with his mother to learn the ropes of managing a sprawling country estate, with its army of devoted, sometimes bickering servants, its hunts, garden parties, and sexual intrigues.”
The series begins in the U.S. on Sunday 9 January on PBS. Lovers of historical drama will want to reserve space on their TV viewing schedules.
*PBS is the U.S.’s non-profit public broadcasting television service, and WGBH, this Massachusetts girl is proud to say, is one of its biggest producers of what they call “educational programming,” a name that ill serves entertaining and addictive shows, some of which, like Masterpiece, have been on the air for decades.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.