Ep. 5: Gosford Park

*This New York Times review has provided us with a new life motto.

*Learn more about the real Ivor Novello, “the much-better-looking Andrew Lloyd Webber of his day.”

*Read up on contemporary investigations into war profiteering (but without Laura’s 1930s radio announcer voice).

*We cited this Lucy Worsley book and highly recommend it. Lucy is the co-chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, and her Instagram is a hoot and a half. We also recommend this book if you’re interested in the British country house system.

*Join us next time for In the Heart of the Sea!

Season 2, Episode 5: "White Christmas" (1954) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Costume Drama Rewind

We're having the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny f*@#ing Kaye! In this episode, we look at how filmmakers handled extremely recent history, that of WW2, in 1946 and 1954 with "It's a Wonderful Life" and "White Christmas" respectively. Among the topics we discuss are 1950s nostalgia for the 40s, entertainers who served in WW2, how veterans were treated after the war, and how banks work (apparently everyone in Bedford Falls needs a refresher).
  1. Season 2, Episode 5: "White Christmas" (1954) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
  2. Season 2, Episode 4: "The Mouse on the Mayflower" (1968)
  3. Season 2, Episode 3: "From Hell" (2001)
  4. Season 2, Episode 2: "Kwaidan: Hoichi the Earless” (1964)
  5. Season 2, Episode 1: "Gettysburg" (1993)

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