Episode Recaps

'Victoria' Season 2: "Warp and Weft"/"The Sins of the Father" Recap

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Previously on Victoria: Victoria struggled to find her equilibrium again after the birth of her daughter, as both her husband and her ministers attempted to keep the news of Britain’s defeat in Afghanistan from her. Albert, who’s enjoying his crack at power more than he probably wants to admit, also seems quite taken with one Miss Ada Lovelace and her amazing Analytical Engine. Victora’s new Mistress of the Robes – the Duchess of Buccleuch – arrives, along with her niece Wilhelmina, who seems quite taken with Prince Ernest. And, as usual in a time of personal crisis, Victoria once again turns to Lord Melbourne for advice and a pep talk, and we all tried to pretend that he wasn’t looking quite as ill and tired as we feared. (More details can be found in our full recap of last week's episode.)

If any of us were under any illusions that this season of Victoria was going to be a frothy, light-hearted affair, this double-episode promptly put that particular fantasy to rest. While this installment does feature some soapy fun – a costume ball, several dramatic family revelations, and the unfortunate return of Miss Skerrett’s identity theft subplot – the bulk of the story revolves around sadness, depression and loss. There are moments where the supersized story handles these issues well (everything involving Dash and Lord Melbourne) and moments where it does not (the quickness with which Victoria bounces back from a fairly dark bout of post partum depression), but on the whole, the episode is pretty compelling. 

‘Victoria’ Season 2: "A Soldier's Daughter/The Green-Eyed Monster" Recap

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Previously, on Victoria: There is a way, way too much to summarize here. Here’s a quick guide to where we left everyone after Season 1 or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, we also have recaps of every episode

Admittedly, period drama Victoria started off in a fairly enviable position. Before a single minute of his sumptuous costumes and swoony romance was broadcast, pretty much everyone had dubbed it as ITV’s successor to the international phenomenon that was Downton Abbey. The thing no one could have really predicted though, is that Victoria actually turned out to be good.

There’s something about this show – the compelling characters, complicated relationships and proto-feminist attitude somehow combine into an absolutely perfect confectionery of actual history and period wish fulfillment. You can swoon over it, laugh with it, and wonder how far it’s willing to bend actual history to tell its story, sometimes all in the same hour. And Season 2 seems determined to take everything that worked for Season 1 and run with it, improving on what has come before. 

‘The Durrells in Corfu’: Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis consloles Louisa (Keeley Hawes)  Photo: ( Courtesy of John Rogers/Sid Gentle Films for ITV and MASTERPIECE)

When we last visited the Durrells, Gerry was giving Donald advice to woo Margo, a Greek-Anglo cricket match went terribly wrong and Vasilia broke things off with Larry (who wasn’t really that heartsick about it). Most importantly Louisa is left with a decision to make about her future with Hugh that could take her away from her beloved adopted home.

In this final episode of The Durrels in Corfu Season 2, a population explosion is taking place on Corfu. With a potentially fatal wound thrown in the mix, however, Dr. Petridis (Alexis Conran) can’t handle all the medical emergencies alone. Considering we won’t be seeing the Durrells for a while, I’m going to break down this week’s monumentous events according to the involvement of each family member.

'Poldark': Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

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Previously on Poldark: Dwight and Caroline get married publically, but their “wedding” just serves as an excuse to talk politics. Sir Francis Bassett tries to convince Ross to throw his hat into the ring for the empty MP seat, but he declines, insisting that he can’t be beholden to anyone’s interests but his own. Elsewhere, Morwenna’s marriage to Whitworth is a study in misery. And sassy old Aunt Agatha sadly meets her maker, but not before she tips George off that little Valentine might not be his.

Everything basically feels as though it’s falling apart in this episode of Poldark. There’s no joy, for anyone, and the episode’s most uplifting storyline centers around the reaffirmation that two young people still love one another even when they’re separated and one of them is forced to endure horrific abuse on a daily basis. Yikes.

Will anyone ever be happy again? 

‘The Durrells in Corfu’: Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

Friendly banter at the market between Louisa (Keeley Hawes) and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis)  Photo: (Courtesy of John Rogers/Sid Gentle Films for ITV and MASTERPIECE)

Previously on The Durrells in Corfu, the family rode out an unrelenting and unusual storm. Leslie went quite literally stir crazy. Larry, who had scuttled home with a case of the mumps, exasperated everyone with his infertility paranoia. But mostly notably Aunt Hermione returned to the island with a mysterious new friend in tow. Regrettably, her companion turned out to be a fraudulent medium who pounced on Louisa’s yearning for her late husband and attempted to profit from the family’s loss.

Fortunately for the Durrells, the sun came out and the fake spiritualist was unceremoniously run off. And it would appear that after last week’s emotionally harrowing experience, everyone’s attention has turned to love…and cricket.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 2 Episode 4 Recap

Gerry (Milo Parker) and Margo (Daisy Waterstone) before the rains came    (Photo: courtesy of John Rogers/Sid GentleFilms for ITV and Masterpiece)

Last time on The Durrells in Corfu, Louisa railed against the reality of getting older; Gerry’s avoidance of a traditional education continued; Leslie discovered he has a talent for photography; and Vasilia’s seduction of Larry scored a dismaying result. Oh, and Margo was preoccupied with her spots…

This week however, an unusual weather event I’ll refer to as The Deluge commanded the everyone’s attention. Lugaretzia declares the storm an omen of death and leaves the cursed and extremely leaky house in a hurry. Gerry insists on bringing his menagerie inside which appears to be an inconvenience to which the family is resigned. And the family awaits the return of Aunt Hermione (Barbara Flynn) which has everyone on edge anyhow. Let’s look at the factors that resulted in a “too close for comfort” situation and prompted Louisa to refer to her children as Lumpy, Grumpy, Spotty and Ignorant, shall we?

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

Louisa (Keeley Hawes) and Sven (Ulrich Von Der Esch) achieve closure  (Photo: courtesy of John Rogers/Sid GentleFilms for ITV and Masterpiece)

Previously on The Durrells in Corfu, Louisa cracked down on Gerry’s wild boy ways and tried to arrange for some structured learning. Leslie showed some initiative by starting a homemade liqueur business, but no one wanted to buy his booze. Margo decided she liked boys too much to join a convent. And, following a tepid response to his novel from the town and his family, Larry decided to get a place of his own to the dismay of his mother.

Much of this week’s episode is concerned with Mrs. Durrell's birthday and her discomfort with growing older. Her children certainly aren’t making her feel any better about the passage of time.

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

Louisa (Keeley Hawes) tries to reassure Larry (Josh O'Connor) at the book reading       (Photo: courtesy of John Rogers/Sid GentleFilms for ITV and Masterpiece)

When we last left The Durrells in Corfu, Louisa had gained a potential new suitor in wealthy British businessman Hugh Jarvis and a rival in new landlady Vasilia Prifona. Gerry’s pursuit of animal conservation led to an otter breeding enterprise. Margo’s infatuation with a young monk and his peaceful lifestyle resulted in some spiritual reflection. Leslie made amends for his heinous, albeit accidental, wounding of Gerry’s canine companion, Roger. And Larry discovered a treasure trove of writing material was under his nose all along. Oh, yeah there was that village-wide “food poisoning by Scotch egg” fiasco as well.

Let me start by saying this episode featured a lot of difficult parenting moments for Louisa. Not that raising kids is ever a doddle, but we find Mrs. Durrell struggling to strike the correct balance between letting her children be themselves and properly supervising them. Essentially, she questions if she’s a good mother. More on that later, but first, let's examine what transpired in the life of the Durrell family this week in more detail.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

The Durrells in Corfu are back for a second season. A year has passed since Season 1, and we find that Gerry has yet to set free his menagerie of animals, Lawrence has writer’s block, Margo is apparently no longer employed as the Countess’ companion and Leslie still has a perpetual case of bad luck and (along with Larry) a very cheesy mustache. Meanwhile Louisa remains single and struggling to make ends meet.

Join us as we recap all the mayhem and merriment this transplanted family can generate!

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