War and Peace (BBC) – Series Review

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Amy:

Words can’t describe how much I loved this series/adaptation, it was beautiful. From the dramatic and heartbreaking storyline to the glamorous costumes and locations; it was just wonderful. For some reason I’ve always had a love of Russian history and the country itself so when I saw the trailer for ‘War and Peace’ I instantly knew I would have to watch it and would definitely fall in love with it.

This unique adaptation includes everything you would want from a mini series; it was heart-renching, romantic, dramatic and just simply shattering. The different locations contrasted really well with each other whether it was in the lavish mansion in Moscow, or the peaceful country home or even the bloody battlefields of Russia – everything worked! I have to admit I have some serious costume envy as some of the gowns the women wore were out of this world as well as some of the male uniforms!

Personally, I thought every role was played to perfection and the cast was brilliant; Lily James, Paul Dano, and of course James Norton *heart eye emoji*! The series was told from the three different view points and are all intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. I loved that these three main characters crossed paths and were all connected in different ways. Each storyline was unique and dramatic which made it hard to pick a favourite, nevertheless, each one made me cry, scream and smile!

I could go on for hours praising this series but I have restrained myself! I absolutely loved this mini-series and it is easy to say it is now one of my favourites which I highly recommend to everyone, 5/5 stars!! Certainly, ‘the greatest costume drama of the decade’, now I just need to read the book…

Eleanor:

I didn’t actually plan to watch this TV series, I only started watching it because my dad started watching it so THANK YOU DAD! I would have seriously missed out if he hadn’t flicked over to BBC1 on a Sunday night! This series really ensnares you right from the beginning, you instantly fall in love with the characters and genuinely form an emotional bond with them, which means that for the whole series you have your heart in your mouth!

I found the series really interesting especially as I studied Russian History last year for my AS exams, although at the time it was the bane of my existence, I can now look back in hindsight and appreciate how rich and special their history is. This series beautifully accentuates Russia and what a stunning country it is, like Amy said, across the series we were shown a broad scope of Russia and it’s history from the grand ballrooms of Moscow to the bloody battlefield of Borodino, it was all so rich, very well directed and choreographed! The acting was also terrific, Lily James is just flawless let’s be honest (and seems to be in EVERYTHING, good for her!) also James Norton’s god-like features, and Paul Dano, who I was amazed to find out wasn’t English!?! His accent was so good!

I loved how this story entwined and spanned across a multitude of years, we saw the characters grow, make mistakes and learn from their mistakes, some of the story arcs are quite spectacular! Just a warning though, by the end of it I was in FLOODS of tears… It was truly brilliant and provided me with one of my, now, favourite quotes “As long as there is life there is happiness”. I highly encourage you to watch the on iPlayer, Netflix, or any other online source, it is incredible! One of the easiest 5 out of 5 stars I’ve given!

Poldark – TV Series Review

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Now if you don’t live in the UK then you probably don’t know that there was a television series on BBC1 on a Sunday night called Poldark. I know what you’re thinking “That’s a strange name for a TV show, I wonder what it could be about” ah ha! Well, I shall tell you! Poldark is the surname of a Mr. Ross Poldark who is the main protagonist in this rather wonderful series. Poldark is set in the 1700’s in Cornwall (for those of you who don’t know where Cornwall is it is the very south of the UK on the sticky outie left-hand side when you look at a map… I hope that didn’t sound patronising…) Anyway, it’s a truly stunning part of the county which I have yet to visit (I really need to visit). Ross Poldark left to fight in the American War of Independence, leaving his ‘girlfriend’ (that’s in inverted comers as I don’t think it was ‘approved’ by the family, as was the way in those days). He is gone for some time and is suspected dead, only he comes home to find the love of his life Elizabeth engaged to his Cousin Francis Poldark… Awkward…

Can’t really say much more without spoiling the whole series. My dad and I eagerly watched each of these episodes with great anticipation each week. It was one of those “Ooo Poldark is on switch it over quick!” kind of TV show. This was a really great, meaty TV show full of family drama, love(ish) drama and any other drama you can think of pretty much. What I really liked about this TV show is that you could never quite predict what the characters were going to do which made things a little tense but also frustrating at time. The cast of Poldark is also steller! Ross Poldark is played by the GORGIOUS Aiden Turner. Other cast members include Eleanor Tomlinson, Heidia Reed and Kyle Soller, some fantastic acting!

It’s quite a dramatic TV show, not gunna lie but it wasn’t one we were all talking about at school, I guess because the themes were a little bit more adult and complicated, but I genuinely really enjoyed it. If you didn’t know then this series is actually from a series of BOOKS! The first series is the first 2 books AND the next series has been green- lighted for the 3rd and 4th books. I am very excited! I’m going to give this 5 out of 5 stars! Both me and my dad really enjoyed this show!

I will leave a link for the IMDb page HERE

The link to check out the books HERE (I haven’t read them but I’ll link the goodreads page do you can have a gander)