The Guardian: “The Pallisers” Is the Thing to Watch

The GuardianIn the U.K., the BBC is re-br0adcasting on BBC2 its 1974 26-part mini-series of The Pallisers at lunchtime (a welcome break to soap operas and daytime talk shows for many, I would think). The sweeping adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels, The Pallisers was initially broadcast over eight months in 21 hours of television. Set on the backdrop of Victorian parliamentary politics, The Pallisers features a cast of rising and prominent actors who bring Trollope’s characters to life most visibly. On The Guardian‘s “TV and radio blog,” Neil Clark writes that:

Quality period costume drama is back on the BBC. Not just in War and Peace, but now the return of what I would argue is the best of them all: the 1974 series The Pallisers…. The BBC made 26 episodes, and watching them again reminds us how different television dramas were in the 1970s, and how much more enjoyable they are than most of today’s productions. Unlike, for example, Jamaica Inn, you can hear every word. The actors, of the Olivier school rather than today’s more realist style, all enunciate their lines properly. There are no clever camera angles to make us dizzy, and scenes last longer than 30 seconds.

Here in the States, the series is available on DVD from PBS in a special 40th Anniversary edition released in 2014, and is of course available for lending from many public libraries. If you’re expecting more snow this winter, may I suggest that The Pallisers might be a worthwhile addition to your household emergency kit? The Pallisers makes for a perfectly pleasant way to spend a day or two while homebound due to winter storms.

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Posted on: January 27th, 2016 by Douglas Gerlach


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