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Old 11th Feb 2015, 18:38   #1674
vencut2
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Default Re: Decent Telly

I've not read the books (yet?) and I know very little of anything historical, but I am enjoying the comparative stillness and slowness of Wolf Hall on TV.

I've also been watching the rerun of Smiley's People on BBC4 at the moment, and loving that, possibly for the same reasons. There are great blocks of minutes without speech - Alec Guinness driving around, or going through someone's flat, or retracing their steps. Telly that takes time to unspool itself rather than jumping up and down shouting KERPOW. Telly that's not afraid of showing facial expressions instead of speech. And lo and behold - I see a piece in the paper on this today - www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2015/feb/11/smileys-people-wolf-hall-best-tv-dramas-cant-be-rushed

The lighting in Wolf Hall has been a fantastic instructor by itself - it's really brought home the importance of daylight (and windows) in a world without electricity.
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