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Old 05-02-2013, 11:47
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I'm no music expert but I felt the musical arrangements were too "modern" for the era.

The name Leslie Hutchinson has been mentioned as the basis for the 'Louis' character.

This is him performing in 1933


http://youtu.be/Ecw72gSd3_Q


This is the sort of music that cafe society was listening to.
Yes, I said the same thing earlier in the thread with a link to Hutch's "These Foolish things."


The exception was probably "Hutch" (Leslie Hutchinson), a cabaret pianist/singer the only name I can think of who was black and very popular with society in those days. Often featured on the radio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XKk2Yl3tsw



I think what the the producers have done, is instead of getting the band to play in the style of what would have been played by Afro/American bands popular in the States around that time, (see my previous link to Fletcher Henderson)........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B-bCdra_9A

they've chosen the timeless sound of the most popular "big band era" from early forties to late fifties, these band would have consisted of as many white as black musicians.

The Fletcher Henderson band now sounds very dated and might be a turn off for viewers of what is principally a drama with some music,

If there had been a band that played like the one depicted in the programme, the jazz enthusiasts on here would have known about it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:26
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#Though I still stand by why cast someone who is fairly well known and was before Doctor Who in such a small role.
It has been well documented recently that JLC struggled to get any acting work after Emmerdale - despite audition after audtion after audtion. It was only after being cast in one of the three (Titanic/Dancing/Room) that the others followed.

God knows why - perhaps the preconception of a Soap background - because she's a cracking actress.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:32
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I thoroughly enjoyed it, it may help that I know nothing whatsoever about the music of the era.

Had to chuckle when Stanley said he was (thinking about) writing a movie about King Arthur given the presence in the cast of Anthony Head (Uther), Angel Colby (Guinevere) and Janet Montgomery (Princess Mithian).

Chiwetel Ejiofor has a beautiful voice as well.

I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop in tonight's episode.
HAHA I did too and I really did enjoy this episode even after reading everyone's complaints about how it was slow. I will be watching the second episode tonight because the show is just my type.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:55
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I found it rather slow and slightly boring. Will watch tonights to see if things improve.
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Old 05-02-2013, 13:07
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Sometimes I don't get Stephen Poliakoff drama's....This one I got, loved every minute of it....right down to the Women in Immigration with her 'stamper'.

Mel Smith....what a surprise..Gwen sings {that was Angel Coulby voice?}... .and as always, Janet Montgomery, stunning.

I hardly recognise him as the villain in Serenity!
Chiwetel Ejiofor is a great actor.
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Old 05-02-2013, 14:28
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I gave up after 30 mins. I don't know whether it was the artificiality of the black band or the cringelingly awful accents of the posh people that did it. Or perhaps it was all too far fetched. Certainly a lot of money spent on very little.
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Old 05-02-2013, 14:47
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I gave up after 30 mins. I don't know whether it was the artificiality of the black band or the cringelingly awful accents of the posh people that did it. Or perhaps it was all too far fetched. Certainly a lot of money spent on very little.
Same. Admittedly, I usually avoid this type of drama like the plague so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that it was not to my liking.
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Old 05-02-2013, 15:50
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It has been well documented recently that JLC struggled to get any acting work after Emmerdale - despite audition after audtion after audtion. It was only after being cast in one of the three (Titanic/Dancing/Room) that the others followed.

God knows why - perhaps the preconception of a Soap background - because she's a cracking actress.
I always thought she was good in Waterloo Road I know it's not RADA acting but telling the story of a girl being abused by her father then murdering him was a really good WR story. I always thought it was funny her character was best friends with Daisy from Downton. I hope she gets actual acting working at the same time as DW otherwise she will be the Doctors companion and nothing else
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:39
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I thought this was excellent! Very much a typical start from this Director, subtle, pulls you in with the intrigue. Can't wait for tonight's episode!

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Old 05-02-2013, 17:40
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Sometimes I don't get Stephen Poliakoff drama's....This one I got, loved every minute of it....right down to the Women in Immigration with her 'stamper'.

Mel Smith....what a surprise..Gwen sings {that was Angel Coulby voice?}... .and as always, Janet Montgomery, stunning.


Chiwetel Ejiofor is a great actor.
AGREE!
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:47
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Well it was a bit 'meh' as far as I'm concerned - but purely from a lecherous point of view it was marvellous...

First you have Jenna Louise Coleman looking positively sumptuous in her negligee...

Then you have Joanna Vanderham - possibly the most beautiful creature I've ever seen...

...and the brunette photographer wasn't bad either.
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:55
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Then you have Joanna Vanderham - possibly the most beautiful creature I've ever seen...
She does looks absolutely stunning in those period dresses it has to be said!
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:09
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The music gets more curious. In the scene in the club, the first tune, a New Orleans style blues, was pretty timeless, yet the second song could just have been sung by the 1940's Andrews Sisters.
It's the saxophone which sound most out of era to me, though I didn't notice a high F# key on one, so if there weren't, that would be in keeping with the era.
In fact the production values seem fine and everything seems of the period. As a drama it has its merits with a good cast.
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Old 05-02-2013, 23:09
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I enjoyed this but had recorded the 1st one so watched them one after another. The only thing is I find I am on the edge of my seat all the time because I know something bad is going to happen. I could feel it in the suspense.

The ending tonight I didn't like, but at least I was like 'I knew something bad would happen!'
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Old 05-02-2013, 23:42
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Wasn't this filmed exactly a year ago now?
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Old 05-02-2013, 23:58
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Old 06-02-2013, 00:21
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Wasn't this filmed exactly a year ago now?
Pretty much as there are stories from Febuary last year about it. The show must have been delayed as it was on the Autumn BBC 2 drama promo and is now coming out 4 months later.

Yes it can help a drama when the girls are pretty and the guys are quite dashing. Some people take to period drama clothes and I think, Jenna-Louise, Joanna and Janet and Angel look totally normal in them as some can just look like they are plonked in the dressed.

I wonder if Louis kills Julian and that's why he needs to get out of the country?
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:21
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I enjoyed last night's episode and was waiting for something like this to happen. Tom Hughes usually plays a "not quite right" character so I was wondering at the beginning whether it was him or not - and still don't know!
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:05
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Enjoyed that a lot last night, much more than the first one. It's building up momentum as it goes along. There's a lot of perceptive moments in it.

and that brunette goddess in bed with Louis.... sheesh..
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:59
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The singers grate on me a little bit but I am enjoying this. I liked the second episode more than the first, but understandably the first episodes are usually slower as they have to set the scene and introduce the characters.
The cast is very good too.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:08
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Enjoyed that a lot last night, much more than the first one. It's building up momentum as it goes along. There's a lot of perceptive moments in it.

and that brunette goddess in bed with Louis.... sheesh..
My Janet Montgomery....

Great second episode of DotE, it had it all.....plus Hailstones.
I never trusted that Julian, but the way Jess changed, didn't ring true for me. And what was Masterson ranting for, not just for covering up Julian's 'misdemeanours'.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:03
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Needs more Rosie.

Not enough hail on TV, I agree.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:32
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So Julian was cleaning up the mess he made in the hotel room and lied about it being Masterston?Yes the Jessie stuff seemed weird, I know we don't her full personality as she hasn't talked a lot but I don't see her wanting to leave the band in the lurch without a singer.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:34
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Loving it..dont care if it is entirely correct music wise or not..drama,style,likable characters,unpredictable characters,loathsome characters sex,music what is not to like..Ripper Street,Mr Selfridge and now this what a fab start to 2013 TV.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:37
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Loving this. Wonderful costumes, sets, music, and gripping drama.
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