I don’t know who I am anymore. I seem to have shifted from a steady diet of British murder mysteries to British family dramas.
In June, my local PBS stations were running Man in an Orange Shirt, a drama that tells two gay love stories, 60 years apart, in the same family. A wife, and later, grandmother, is a central character in both stories. In her grandmother years, she is played by Vanessa Redgrave, who is her usual tower of power in a role that is complex and far from heroic. The story is beautiful, deeply sad and also hopeful. The recreation of World War II and post-war Britain is visually stunning, with gorgeous city and country scenes.
Man in an Orange Shirt is streaming on PBS Passport now, and also available on iTunes and Amazon.