I don’t make a Lazy Sunday recommendation for every Masterpiece series—it only seems that way. Or maybe it’s just a matter of getting to them all. I’m trying! I dedicate many hours of knitting time to reclining on pillows watching PBS. I do hope the people are grateful for my sacrifice.
My latest Masterpiece crush is the series Press, set in the present day, in the newsrooms of two London newspapers. One office is full of earnest journalistic intent and talk of ethics; the other prides itself on its salacious content and has no qualms about doorstepping grieving mothers or humiliating government ministers. The human link between the two papers is Holly Evans, an ace investigative reporter who bristles with righteousness and anger. Needless to say (to my friends in Masterpiece world), her personal life leaves a lot to be desired (literally), and her make-up is not on point.
Digression: I’ve noticed that wearing a baggy sweater is now cinematographic shorthand for “this woman is tedious, a bit of a harpie.” [Shakes fist in general direction of Masterpiece Contemporary; defiantly snuggles into baggy sweater.]
I’ve been streaming Press on PBS Passport. I’m up to the final episode, number 6. It’s engrossing. A tale well told, with brilliant acting. I can’t in good conscience recommend following a colorwork chart while watching it—your knitting and your ability to follow the story will both suffer—but I did knit a whole Rubble Hat in just four hours of Press. So it can be done.