Friday, May 30, 2008

Film Flashback: The House of Eliott

My DS Judy emailed me a few days ago and told me she was watching "The House of Eliott" from Netflix. Wow, I thought. I had forgotten about that gem of British programming beamed to us Americans via the fabulous PBS. I remembered that the 1920s costumes were gorgeous and that the series was about fashion. When the series was aired on PBS during the early 1990s (I think), Judy and I were really keen on fashion. Judy is an artist, and was always a wonderful drawer. Not a bureau drawer but I suppose I should say, she drew wonderfully. She drew figures and fashionable clothes, and I would try too but not as well. We both had an affinity for the 1920s era and so "The House of Eliott" really drew us in (there's that word again) as viewers.

(photo from bbc)

I decided to look up some information about the show, and discovered that Jean Marsh co-created it. Marsh also co-created "Upstairs, Downstairs" and played a short-lived character on Doctor Who. She was actually married to a Doctor (Jon Pertwee) for five years. Other cast notables were Louise Lombard, who played the younger Eliott sister and was only 21 when she started the show! In 2004, she starred, or at least became a part of the cast of CSI:Crime Scene Investigation - which I don't watch. The older Eliott sister was portrayed by Stella Gonet, who went on to appear in many British mysteries on television (nice!) such as Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Murder in Suburbia, and Julian Fellowes Investigates. I've never seen Julian Fellowes Investigates but I'm thinking I need to look it up and find out how I can get my grubby little hands on episodes.

Anyway, if you love watching fair English (or Scottish in the case of Gonet) roses in beautiful period 1920s dresses and jewelry, you will love "The House of Eliott". Fashion during the Roaring Twenties - British accents - gripping drama - history. It's got it all. Now if there had been a stooped elderly lady in tweed coming in for a wardrobe makeover, who solved crimes during fittings, that would have been truly perfect.

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