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Mother's Day Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Period Dramas @masterpiecepbs #Sponsored #Mothersday #GiftGuide

5/7/18
This is a sponsored Mother's Day post in partnership with PBS Distribution.  All opinions are mine. This post contains affiliate links.

Okay moms, let's be honest about what we really want for Mother's Day this year.  Flowers are great, brunch is wonderful, but when it comes down to it, don't you just want some ME time? After all, self care is important and we need to make it a priority!


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At the top of my Mother's Day wish list this year is time for myself.  I'm talking breakfast in bed, messy hair, pajamas, and time to watch my favorite period dramas {uninterrupted} from Masterpiece PBS. 


This Mother's Day Gift Guide from PBS Distribution is perfect; especially if you are scrambling to find last minute Mother's Day gifts!




MASTERPIECE: POLDARK SEASON 3


Masterpiece PBS series, period drama

POLDARK SEASON 3 continues the saga of Ross Poldark and his fiery partner, Demelza, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the intrepid eighteenth-century duo.

1794: War and the revolution in France hang over Britain. In Cornwall, George Warleggan grows his empire with a view to crush the Poldarks while Ross and Demelza attempt to keep the peace and repair their relationship at Nampara. However, the arrival of Demelza’s brothers disturbs the fragile truce and Ross must ask himself how long he can allow George’s ascent to continue unchecked. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?


Not sure what Poldark is all about?  Let me clue you in.  If you're a fan of high quality period dramas, this is one you do NOT want to miss.

PBS Masterpiece's series Poldark is based upon the popular book series by Winston Graham.  It follows the story of Ross Poldark {Aidan Turner}, a British Army officer who returns home to Cornwall after the American Revolution.  He finds that his fiancĂ©, Elizabeth{Heida Reed}, thought he was dead, and is engaged to his cousin Frances.  Thus begins a whole host of drama, as Ross is still in love with Elizabeth.  Ross' obsession for Elizabeth affects his life in many ways, including his marriage to Demelza {Eleanor Tomlinson}.  I will not say much more so that I don't give any spoilers if you haven't caught up on Season 1 and 2.

There are many layers to Ross Poldark's story, and each layer reveals more about his character.  Sometimes you cheer for him, and other times you get angry with him.  But it's such a beautifully woven tapestry that you can't stop watching it unfold.  With the gorgeous views of Cornwall, beautiful costumes, superb {and not bad looking either} actors, and gritty true-life contrast between rich and poor during the 18th century, this is my absolute favorite series since Downton Abbey ended!



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Acclaimed drama Victoria returns for a second season starring Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria, a nineteenth-century heroine for our times. This landmark account of the life of one of history‘s greatest monarchs continues as the Queen faces the very modern challenge of balancing a growing family with her marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes, The Game) and her work - all while being the ruler of the most powerful nation on earth. 

As Victoria’s reign continues into the 1840s, her Kingdom is witness to extraordinary events - constitutional crises and scandals at court, the rise of the Chartist movement, the devastating Irish Potato Famine, and Europe swept by revolution. As the saga unfolds over vital moments in history, the Queen and Prince Albert must meet each public challenge while confronting profound personal changes.

I have been hooked on Victoria ever since the first episode.  I have read many great classics set in the Victorian period, and British royalty has always been fascinating to me.  Victoria is based on history with some added non-factual drama to keep things interesting.  

Imagine growing up with kid gloves, knowing that you will one day take over the rule of an entire country.  Most 18 year olds are still trying to figure out who they are and where they want to be in the future.  Victoria's young life was pretty much laid out for her.  I can't imagine having to take on such a huge responsibility at such a young age!

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The costumes and the settings are gorgeous and regal.  But we also get a glimpse into the people behind-the-scenes, the servants at court.  Some of my favorite characters are those who work in Victoria's household and keep things at the castle running smoothly.  I also enjoy following Masterpiece PBS' postings on facebook that describe which parts of the show are based on actual history, and those that were embellished or added for dramatic purposes.  

With a royal wedding coming up soon in England this month, this show is sure to become more popular and relevant!





JAMESTOWN

PBS Distribution, Period Drama, PBS Passport, streaming services

This new period-drama from the creators of Downton Abbey follows the lives of three courageous, dynamic women who decide to leave their dark pasts behind in England, and start a new life across the Atlantic Ocean in 17th Century America.

Taking viewers back to 1619 Jamestown, Virginia, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn are among the first women to arrive in the English colony. Duty bound to marry the three men who have paid for their passage to the New World, they have little idea of what the future holds or the disruption their arrival is about to bring. Twisting storylines follow the new arrivals as they make an immediate impact and are thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to survive and thrive in their new lives. 

I screened the first season of Jamestown on PBS Passport.  I was excited to have a new period drama from the same people who created Downton Abbey, one of my all time favorite dramas!   I have to admit, I had high expectations.

Can you imagine the life of a woman who would promise herself to a man she's never met, far across the ocean in a brand new colony?  Jamestown delves into the lives of several women who are "mail order brides" or "maids to make wives" in the first established English colony of Virginia.

Alice (Sophie Rundle), Verity (Niamh Walsh) and Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick) are from various economic and social backgrounds, bound by duty to marry men who have paid to have them travel to America. Each has hopes of making a new life, but things do not quite go as they expected or planned.  

There are many interesting twists to the story line and some very complicated characters.  Native Americans also play a very big role in the story line.  I have always been interested in Native American culture and hate how badly they were treated and kicked off their land.  The behind-the-scenes clips that I watched showed how the writers researched their culture, from their face paint and clothing to their language.  The actors portraying them are even from the Pamonkey tribe. 

However, the modern views, sensibilities and language were a bit disappointing (I will let you discover what I'm talking about for yourself).  Some of the liberties with the time period may be a bit off-putting.   {This is definitely not a show you can watch with kids in the room, as it deals with mature themes}

If you're more of a historical accuracy period drama fan, you may find it a bit much/over the top in the dramatization.  I am intrigued by the strong, independent women, their friendships, and how the colony interacts with the Native Americans.  I am very interested to see where they are going with the series in Season 2. 



These Masterpiece PBS/ PBS Passport series are the perfect last minute Mother's Day gifts for period drama fans! 

Which series is your favorite?

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