Check Out This New Guest Column at Reel Life With Jane
Do you love costume dramas?
The kind that British TV is particularly well known for?
The kind that shows up mostly on PBS in the United States?
The kind with a vintage “wet t-shirt” shot of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Jane Eyre?
Then you might be tempted to buy the $39.95 DVD set called The Story of The Costume Drama. Warning. There’s something much better. Read all about it in my latest column at Reel Life with Jane.
Destination: North and South Poles
DVD: Frozen Planet, (NEW April 2012) narrated by David Attenborough, produced by BBC Earth
Although travel to the “last” continent, Antarctic seems almost commonplace these days, a cruise into the Antarctic sea or a night or two in a luxury camp still is comparable to sailing by the Atlantic Barrier Islands on the East Coast and saying that you’ve been to North America. Tourists see only the edges. Very few of us are the world-class adventurers who will brave the stupendous winds, the towering mountains, the treacherous, ever shifting ice to see the sights shown in this DVD set. Not to mention how expensive it is to survey that expanse. Continue reading
TV Series: Wallander with Kenneth Branagh ( BBC and PBS)
Guest Post by Melanie McMinn
Melanie McMinn, an American ex-pat writer and artist living in New Zealand, actually takes time off from raising bees, creating creatures of felted wool, cooking, remodeling, and making all sorts of other things including a blog called Frugal Kiwi–which was named one of the five best blogs of Australia/New Zealand in last year’s Bloggies–(pant! pant! she’s wearing me out)– to watch television. When I mentioned that I was doing a series of mysteries here at A Traveler’s Library, she jumped at the opportunity to talk about her favorite. She watches [amazon_link id="B001VLBDB2" target="_blank" ]Wallander[/amazon_link] on BBC, but Americans have seen two series of the show on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery Theater (2009 and 2010), and are hoping the next three will appear soon. Continue reading