I have been sick. Icky, horrible, stay in bed all day and watch wonderful BBC productions of classic literature sick. I have been taking lots of medication, liquids, and cough drops and lots of rest and though I am not 100% back to normal, I am functional. So on top of a new mixtape monday playlist there is also a small list of absolutely wonderful miniseries that I have been watching for the past 2 weeks.
Honored with a Peabody award and ten Emmy nominations, Bleak House features some of the most famous plot twists in literary history, including a case of human spontaneous combustion and an infamous inheritance dispute that is tied up for generations in the dysfunctional English courts.
An epic feast of characters and storylines, Bleak House is Dickens' passionate indictment of the convoluted legal system that is as searingly relevant today as it was in the mid-19th century. The court of Chancery becomes the center of a tangle of relationships at all levels of society and a metaphor for the decay and corruption at the heart of Victorian England.
Starring Gillian Anderson, Charles Dance, Alun Armstrong, Ian Richardson, Nathaniel Parker, Richard Griffiths, Phil Davis, Joanna David and Carey Mulligan.
Set against the backdrop of Victorian England's industrial north, it follows the fortunes of Margaret Hale, one of 19th century literature's most original heroines.
Played by Daniela Denby-Ashe, Margaret is a privileged, middle class southerner who is forced to settle in the northern town of Milton.
And Wuthering Heights.
A lovely tale about a girl who trades places with Elizabeth Bennett and mucks up the whole novel.
So when you have some down time these are a nice escape from the connected world we live in and they are all available right now to stream instantly from Netflix. Netflix is the best thing a purchased in 2009, it is extremely dangerous and can lead to antisocial behavior. Especially if you are addicted to Masterpiece Theatre like me.
Now on to Mixtape Monday...
I have created a list of chill songs that match the gray winter weather we have been having lately. Slow and melodic, curl up with a cup of tea songs...Enjoy!