TV Shows »A Most Mysterious Murder

a most mysterious murderThings that make me happy: dramatic recreations, century old mysteries, historic costumes, family scandals, melodrama, and wry wit – all of which can be found in the surprisingly little known true crime series, A Most Mysterious Murder. From a well-to-do woman with a shocking past and a newly dead husband, to an entire family poisoned by a possible mad man, these are the real life stories that gripped the world, inspired headlines and have fostered speculation for decades.

Julian Fellowes (author of the charming novel Snobs and adored screenwriter of Gosford Park) is the perfect host to these ghastly and salacious stories, wandering in and out of scenes with smirky quips and modern asides. So often the narrative tone of documentary shows negatively impacts the entire program, but in this case the narration is spot on.

Also satisfying are the plausible solutions to the murders that Fellowes presents. Even though the findings cannot be conclusively confirmed, it's always great to feel like a mystery has been solved. This is a perfect pairing with this week's book, The Suspicions of Mr. Wicher.

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Posted on May 18, 2009

TV Shows »I, Claudius

I, Claudius Widely considered one of the best miniseries ever made. The cast is amazing, including John Hurt as Caligula (that alone should entice you to watch). Jim and I watched all thirteen episodes in one weekend. Shot without locations on sound stages, all on video no less, it still puts HBO's extremely expensive Rome to shame. This page has a ton of clips.

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Posted on December 26, 2005

Places to Visit »Pompeii

Pompeii Unforgettable and awe inspiring.

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Posted on December 18, 2005

Hunks »Alexander Hamilton

alexander hamilton I am pretty sure Ben Franklin was way more fun. But Hamilton has smoldering good looks. He also laid the groundwork for our economic system, was a staunch opponent of slavery and died in a duel.
A duel! How hot is that?

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Posted on November 21, 2005