Victorian era

Victorian Slum House

While other modern reality shows have had people looking for husbands and wives, or “surviving” on tropical islands while trying to win peanut butter sandwiches, PBS has taken their own spin on the genre. There has been a series of popular shows where modern folks forego the internet and cell phones to experience how people …

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Augustine

In the jarring openings scenes of Augustine, a young kitchen maid collapses in a dramatic crashing of dinnerware in front of horrified guests. If this were Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham would surely jump to the aid of poor, convulsing maid Augustine (Soko) as she writhed on the floor. But her employers aren’t as sympathetic. After …

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The Young Victoria

Let me say this up front: Just having watched season three of The Tudors, where Henry VIII continued to brutally butcher not only his countrymen, but his own advisors left and right, The Young Victoria came across to me as Springtime in the British Monarchy. Heck, the threat of being forced to assign a regent …

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Tipping the Velvet

Tipping the Velvet is a three-hour television adapatation of the surprisingly successful first novel by Sarah Waters (read Moviepie’s exclusive interview with Sarah Waters about the series). Surprising in that the novel was basically an erotic lesbian romp through the 1890s Victorian England underworld, with prostitution, cross-dressing, music halls, and rich society women who kept …

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