Thursday, September 24, 2009


I subscribe to Netflix at a very low level -- two CD’s a month, which is about all I have time for. Some while ago I had seen a BBC series that included a very lovely young lady by the name of Francesca Annis. So I looked her up (on Google, where else?) looking for other movies in which she may have played. What I turned up was another BBC series entitled “Lillie”, which was done sometime in the late ’60’s or ’70’s.

Turns out that “Lillie” was based on a true story of a young woman named Emily, but everyone called Lillie. The young woman was born and raised on Jersey, one of the English channel islands, and her father was a minister. As the story is told, Lillie felt constrained by her family, and when she turned 18, she married a reputedly wealthy young man named Edward Langtry, and, of course, moved to his estate near London. Now Francesca Annis plays Lillie, and she is gorgeous in the role.

I just finished watching the first CD, which contained the first four episodes. There are three more CD’s to go, and I am enjoying this story immensley -- more than I expected. And I don’t know if it was intended to be humorous, but there are parts that I find hilarious! For example, it turns out that Lillie’s new husband is not as rich as expected. He had inherited a large sum of money, and has been going through it as if it were water. Now he has rather large debts to cover, and must sell one of his beloved yachts. He needs more cash. Someone asks him what sort of work he might do. “Work?” Edward says. “I don’t work! I’m a gentleman!” Yeah.

Other funny -

~ My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

~ My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

~ My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

~ My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

~ My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

~ My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

~ My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

~ My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

~ My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

~ My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

~ My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

~ My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

1 comment:

  1. I forgot, did you catch Little Dorrit when it was on Masterpiece Theatre this spring? I see it picked up 7 Emmys.

    I haven't seen much of Francesca Annis for a while. Last time I read about her in the press was when she and Ralph Fiennes broke up. Wonder what she's been up to. Of course, since I moved to the UK I seem to watch less British TV.