Mare of Easttown
Among the interesting things I have been watching lately, I’d also recommend Atlantic Crossing. It was an interesting discovery, a 6-part drama series about a part of WWII history I knew nothing about. Worth watching if you love good, traditional period drama.
Atlantic Crossing is a Norwegian TV show set during WWII and based on a true story: the relationship between Princess Martha of Sweden and Franklin Roosevelt. I saw it on Italian TV, precisely on Rai Tre, but I know it was on Masterpiece PBS before, if I’m not wrong in spring.
The story starts when Nazi Germany invaded Norway in April 1940 and the princess and her children fled to Sweden at first, but since they were not welcome there, they later accepted the invitation of President Roosevelt and found refuge in the USA. Martha and the children lived at the White House, while her husband, Prince Olav of Norway and his father, moved to London, where the exiled Norwegian government went on working
The family remained separated for most of the war and, while living in the US, Princess Martha and President Roosevelt formed a deep bond, which influenced the American President’s 1942 speech “Look to Norway” and which writer Gore Vidal described as Roosevelt’s last true love.
The series investigates the relationship between the two, wondering if it also affected the fate of WWII itself, that is to say, if Roosevelt’s “Lend-Lease Act” which supported Great Britain in the fight against Germany and changed the course of the conflict, was due to Princess Martha’s influence on the American President.
The Pursuit of Love
This is the latest good period drama show I could catch up with. I loved it! I have not read any , including her most famous novel The Pursuit of Love, though it seems to have been a bestseller since its publication in 1945. Well, it’s time to remedy, I must add some Mitford to my TBR list. BBC 3-part miniseries was such a pleasant watching experience, such a treat intertwining the pain with the laughter, which made this adaptation feel like a real classic.
The Pursuit of Love is a funny and sharp show about love and growing up, it is set in the 1930s and during WWII, is directed by Emily Mortimer and stars Lily James, Andrew Scott and Dominic West.
Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda Radlett, her sisters and her cousin Fanny are on the lookout for the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought. Linda must suffer marriage first to a stuffy Tory MP and then to a handsome and humourless communist, before finding real love in war-torn Paris
Nancy Mitford’s book series continues in LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE and DON'T TELL ALFRED. More brilliant BBC drama coming soon?