The 1971 cast of Upstairs Downstairs. (Photo credit: London Weekend Television)

Dated or Delightful? 'Upstairs Downstairs'

How well do British TV series from the past hold up? Are they classic gems that transcend generations or are they old-fashioned and representative of a particular period in time? Check out our Dated or Delightful series to see how Upstairs Downstairs rated with us.

 

Recapping 'Poldark': Season 2, Episode 6

Dwight looks quite heroic this week, unless you're his girlfriend. (Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Poldark: Demelza is irritated that Ross is spending so much time helping Demelza, who’s still reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s death. The Warleggans call in Ross’ debt, and the threat of debtors is real when he can’t pay. Happily, Caroline Penvenen, who has come into her majority, decides to secretly buy out Ross’ loan so he doesn’t have to go to jail. Caroline’s romance with Dwight is also moving along. Her Uncle Ray tells him to leave his niece alone because she’s above his station, but Dwight and Caroline continue to go on what appears to be daily rides together and talk about what their life together might look like. Oh, and Ross and Demelza finally make up when he buys her some pointless and expensive stockings. Yay?

Need more details? You can find last week’s recap here

The Tenth Doctor and an adorable kitten, courtesy of Tennant's time on "Doctor Who". (Photo: BBC)

David Tennant Narrates Soothing Anti-Stress Videos for Pets

Bonfire Night is almost upon us - that annual UK tradition which involves fireworks, general merrymaking and, yes, bonfires, all in celebration of that time that a 17th century plotter named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament and failed. As the description implies, the evening is filled with some fairly loud celebrations, all of which can terrify our beloved four-legged friends who have no idea what's going on. 

Luckily, the Doctor is here to help. 

Telly Tour of the UK Episode 2: Wales

Stella (Ruth Jones) looks out over her South Wales village of Pontyberry. (Image credit: BBC Worldwide)

Do you dream of taking a grand tour of the United Kingdom, but don't have the cash on hand to make the trip? Join our blogger Carmen as she traverses this island that enchants us while presenting examples of television series set in each region of the country. You'll get a taste for the diverse natural beauty, history, landmarks and people of each unique area and no passports are required. This time we venture to Wales with stops in Cardiff, Barry and the South Wales Valleys.

Recapping 'Poldark': Season 2, Episode 5

Caroline and Dwight sure are cute together though. (Photo:  Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Poldark: The timeline of our story jumps forward roughly a year. Vile George Warleggan and his equally Vile Uncle arrange to purchase Ross’ debt from the bank, with plans to call it in and ruin him. Elsewhere, Ross and Elizabeth have a weird personal conversation at a big dinner party, where they talk about their feelings for each other in front of like 20 other people. Which is apparently not weird at all. Elizabeth says it’s definitely possible to be in love with two men at once, and they skirt around admitting that they still wish they had gotten a chance together. Caroline and Dwight reunite and talk about how bad they both are at dating. They also manage to kiss though, so things turnout okay. What does NOT turn out okay is Francis’ storyline because he ends up drowned. 

Need more details? You can find last week’s recap here

Anna Maxwell Martin as Midwinter of the Spirit's Rev. Merrily Watkins  (Image courtesy of Ben Blackall/ITV)

Haunting Telly to Stream this Halloween Season

If the leaves are turning and jack-o-lanterns are making an appearance in your neighborhood, chances are good that Halloween’s on its way. At Telly Visions that means it’s time to roll out our list of spooktastic telly. This year our recommendations focus on the paranormal - ghosts, poltergeists, possessions, haunted houses, etc. We’ve got a nice little mix of UK-based frights and they’re all ready to thrill you at just the click of a mouse.

Recapping 'Poldark': Season 2, Episode 4

Kyle Soller as Francis Poldark. (Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Poldark: Desperate to get out from under the thumb of Vile George Warleggan, Ross and Francis decide to go into business together and reopen the mine at Wheal Leisure. They’re pretty excited about it, and it’s very cute to watch the whole Poldark clan mend fences and reunite with one another. Francis even decides to finally forgive Verity for marrying Andrew Blamey! Elsewhere, Dwight Enys teaches Caroline Penvenen about how hard it is to get medical treatment as a poor person. As a result, she donates several batches of oranges to help those villagers stricken with scurvy and she and Dwight flirt some more. Elsewhere, Demelza goes into labor in a rowboat, before being rescued by Ross and giving birth to a boy.

Need more details? You can find last week’s recap here

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