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January 30th, 2015


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09:39 am - The New-Old Slouch
Right now my primary television-watching (which is often done via Hulu Plus on the laptop) are two program(me)s set in the mid-twentieth-century: Agent Carter, which I've raved about before, and now Grantchester, which just finished in England and has aired two of its first series episodes on PBS Masterpiece Mystery.

I've raved about Agent Carter before -- its style, soundtrack, great female character in Peggy Carter, and sweet sweet Jarvis as played by James D'Arcy -- and as most reviews note, one of the show's features is its acknowledgement that the late 1940s weren't especially good times to be an independent woman, or anyone but an able-bodied WASPy man. (It also acknowledges that for those able-bodied WASPy guys who served in WWII, it hadn't exactly been good times for them, either, although they still controlled everything.) Grantchester, set in 1950s England (just outside Cambridge, to be precise), is hitting some of those same notes.

While James Norton, who plays crime-solving vicar (!) Sidney Chambers, is the very Rupert-Penry-Jonesiest of square-jawed fresh-faced blond handsomeness, his character is also marked by being a vicar, a single man, a veteran, and a person coming from what seems close to genteel poverty. The second episode includes an excruciating cocktail party at the country home of his requited-but-not (it's complicated) love, wherein the upper-class characters mock his and his sister's scholarship-kid poverty when they were at school and harass a character of colour, and the episode ends with a moment where the outsiders -- his sister and her Black jazz-musician boyfriend, his working-class colleague in crime-solving and hanging out Inspector Geordie (played by still gorgeous Robson Green, a Geordie haha), and his new curate Leonard who is gay -- are together at a very different and much jollier party.

Maybe that's the way to revisit these eras -- keep the cool music and style, but tell the stories that haven't quite been told. My beloved Endeavour hits some of the same notes too....

Speaking of style and slouch and new old-looks:

*Grey Fox covers the E.Tautz Autumn/Winter 2015 show, which features slouchy, loose trousers and overcoats for men. I am here for this, although I know my own exposure to such masculine gorgeousness will be via photographs rather than in life. ;)

*A four-year-old photo of Diane Keaton in fitted black turtleneck and draping 40s wide-legged trousers. (Warning: Pinterest link.) I do love that silhouette with a love that is real.

Cheers to all, and may you have people to tell your stories, may you have some of that new-old slouch in your life.

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From:janus_74
Date:January 30th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to keep an eye out for Grantchester, sounds interesting. Still loving Agent Carter, can't wait to see the rest of it.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 30th, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Here's an ITV promo on Youtube to whet your appetite for Grantchester. :)

Hurrah for Agent Carter, and hurrah for you, T!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:January 30th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Good call on Grantchester, thanks! I'm halfway thru the first ep and already loving it.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 30th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Cheers! :) Happy Friday!
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From:kathyh
Date:January 30th, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
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We really enjoyed Grantchester and I was delighted when I learnt it had been recommissioned for a second series.

Cheers to you too and have a lovely weekend.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 30th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I am v.v. excited for Series 2, and I'm only just into Series 1. :) Hurrah!

And hurrah for you, K! [hugs]
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From:anne_d
Date:January 30th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm enjoying Agent Carter too, although I have the feeling that a lot of the references to comic book canon go swoosh right over my head.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 30th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I am a complete naif in terms of the comic book canon, although I have an outsider's working knowledge of what happened in Captain America. In other words, I'm with you in that the specific references don't mean much to me. Luckily, the show's clear enough without 'em. :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:paratti
Date:January 30th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Lovely:)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 30th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, mate! Happy start of the weekend to you! [hugs]
From:gwynnega
Date:January 30th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Good to know about Grantchester! I'm still loving Agent Carter.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
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I heartily recommend Grantchester! :)

Hugs and a great Friday night to you.
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 30th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Might have guessed you'd like Grantchester! Doesn't hurt that Sydney gets out of his collar to chop wood and take baths...and has some heartwrenching hints of PSTD and its causes. Really liking that show.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)
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Sidney is fascinating. And I confess that part of me thinks, during those wood-chopping and bath scenes, 'Isn't this a wee bit gratuitous?....Nah, we're good.' :)

Cheers and a happy Friday evening to you!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 31st, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
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Robson Green! I'm enjoying Grantchester (& Agent Carter) very much.

Also love the Tautz collection, the fabics and cuts are wonderful.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2015 11:53 am (UTC)
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It's so nice to see Robson Green in something again. :)

The comments on Grey Fox's post are interesting -- the men are not convinced by the looseness of the cuts. But I think it's gorgeous!

Hugs hugs and a good Saturday!

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