April 28th, 2006

fat pony like thunder

in my lady's chamber

Yesterday I splashed out and bought.....the first series of Upstairs Downstairs on DVD. Well, I don't know when the last series of The House of Eliott is coming out, and I crave Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkin's special brand of retro soap with fabulous frocks! Anyway, I remember Upstairs Downstairs being repeated lots of times in my youth, and got quite into it when it was aired in the afternoon during the summer holidays when I was about 16. Luckily, it has aged rather well, and Pauline Collins is fabulous (and, in the black-and-white episode where she dresses up in Lady Marjorie's clothes, almost ridiculously beautiful. She's aged pretty well, though, as last week's Doctor Who showed).

The programme's treatment of class is melodramatic but surprisingly complex - the attitudes range from Rose's "we know our place and it's tough but it's okay" to Sarah's "they treat us like unfeeling vegetables and we have to live vicariously through them and I'm not putting up with this forever". And the attitudes of the "upstairs" folk are equally fascinating, from arrogant young James to his foxy leftie feminist sister Elizabeth, obviously a prototype for Penelope and Evie in House of Eliott. And even for a non-fic-reader like me, the slashy possibilities are endless (not least because Sarah and Rose share a bed in which they snuggle up and say things like "aren't men queer?").

Of course, I sometimes can't help thinking of Scrap Saturday's wonderful parody with Mary Robinson as the lady of the house..."Mrs Bridges, you are one of Mná na hEireann, come dance with me in Ireland!"
sigh, emily

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Oh my God, the TWoP Doctor Who recaps are JUST GETTING WORSE!
It's about intimacy, interaction; the quality of how you choose to spend your time -- and what you do with the information. It's about intimacy.

OH GOOD SWEET JESUS, he's at it again. Is it really "about intimacy"? Really? How fascinating and insightful. And then goes on for an entire page about Gnostic mythology and really, I'm as geeky as the next person and I love reading intelligent academic essays on pop culture, but....IT'S DOCTOR FUCKING WHO! Christ.
Something above roars. Like a lion, like a God.

Or like a big scary CGI monster that's there to send us running behind the sofa rather than waffling on pompously about Zoroastrian myths? Seriously, this is some of the worst writing I've ever read in my life. It is truly, truly atrocious. It's so bad it actually enrages me. And yet I keep coming back each week, like a masochist!