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The Bletchley Circle

When this is over won’t we have to be ordinary? The history of women in wartime espionage is an interesting one.  Women of extreme competence were brought into MI:5, British internal security and counterespionage department, for clerical positions or other … Continue reading

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Secret State

He’s dead, nothing’s going to change that.  We’d have to replace him after he lost the election anyway. Tough business, politics.  There was an explosion at a PetroFex oil refinery in the north of England.  Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins … Continue reading

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Parade’s End

Ms. Wannop means, “pulling the strings of the shower-bath.” There is a blind spot in the American historical brain–and let’s be generous to ascribe only one–that is the First World War.  The loss of life on such a large scale … Continue reading

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Band of Brothers

Another epic World War II miniseries.  Band of Brothers (2001) follows E “Easy” Company of the 101st Airborne Division from training to the end of the war.  Based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, the focus is on the battlefront … Continue reading

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The Winds of War

We all know, or else I do know and you should know, that the British are very good at putting out miniseries about all sorts of things.  Often, it’s adaptations of literature or else original stories.  Americans, however, like to … Continue reading

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The Company

We will keep playing the game, Jack, until the game is over. What The Good Shepherd (2006) packed into a single movie, The Company (2007) rolled out in six, would-be one-hour episodes for TNT (you never get a real hour on American television).  That’s … Continue reading

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South Riding

Och, dammit woman, you must know I’m in love with you! I imagine BBC production meetings to be something like this: Producer 1: What have we got in the hopper? Producer 2: We’ve got some period pieces based on works … Continue reading

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