I know, I know: here she comes with the Costume Dramas again. Can I help it that I find it very pleasant to knit along to films that I’ve memorized? The scenes just play in my head, no need to look up at the screen as I listen along. (Except for this scene. I always look up for this scene. Do not click that if you haven’t seen the 2009 miniseries of Emma. Here’s the trailer.)
What got me started was your news about Alan Cumming’s new venture, Club Cumming, an East Side venue combining debauchery and knitting. (As we know, this is nothing new, but whatever.) Among his many other distinctions, Alan Cumming played the gooey Mr. Elton in the 1996 version of Emma (trailer up top). It’s not my favorite Emma, but he is my favorite Mr. Elton.
The 1996 Emma is streaming on Netflix. I couldn’t find an online source for 2009 Emma, but in hunting for it I came across this rich trove of Masterpiece shorts, previews and full episodes to watch online. (To watch some of the older full episodes, you need a THIRTEEN Passport login; you get this by pledging to Channel 13.)
I also came across this wonderful snippet of Alan Cumming talking. I’ll see you later. Gotta go watch all his Masterpiece Mystery intros now. He’s the best.