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Nobody does Christmas quite like the Victorians. I’ll be watching this program: “A Victorian Christmas” on the BBC on December 11th at 9pm on BBC2.

Brought to us by the same people who did Victorian Farm, the presenters will take us step by step through many of the Victorian Christmas traditions.

I’m looking forward to it already!

In the meantime, check out this BBC webpage: here where there are 25 different Victorian Christmas activities. Bliss!


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The BBC dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is being shown on BBC Four on Sunday evenings at 7pm. Although it has been repeated on UKTV Drama, this is the first time the BBC has shown it since its initial broadcast in November/December 2004. Episode 1 has already aired, but you can catch up with Episode 2 on 24th May.

North and South gave the delectable Richard Armitage his first leading role on television. His wonderful portrayal of Victorian millowner John Thornton in Sandy Welch’s adaptation was to prove his breakthrough role on British TV. North and South also stars Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale, Lesley Manville, Tim Piggot Smith, Sinead Cusack, Brendan Coyle, Pauline Quirk and Anna Maxwell Martin.

It’s a gem of a production and not to be missed. And arguably it has the best TV screen kiss, EVER.

According to the Weekend magazine in last week’s Daily Mail, the success of North and South is “at least partly …because of the smouldering Mr. Armitage, playing a kind of Industrial Revolution Darcy…..”

Yes indeedy. Richard’s performance as hero John Thornton caused some of us to deluge the BBC messageboard afterwards and even get a mention in The Times. If you are new to Richard Armitage and wondering what all the fuss is about, perhaps these will give you a clue ;0) …

Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage (John Thornton)

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…so say researchers from Mindlab international consultancy at the University of Sussex. According to their tests, losing yourself in a book for six minutes is a more effective way of reducing stress than listening to music, taking a walk or having a cuppa! Any type of book is effective, apparently, as long as the reader can become engrossed in it and enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.

This research ties in with a test undertaken by Daisy Goodwin during the 2008 BBC4 programme on romantic fiction, Reader I Married Him. Daisy showed that reading romantic fiction, even for a short while, lowered stress levels.

I find immersing myself in a romantic read very relaxing 🙂 You can read more about the Mindlab Consultancy research here. It was commissioned by Galaxy chocolate to launch their book giveaway campaign.

Talking of good romantic reads and giveaways ;0) today is publication day for my short story collection, Midsummer Eve at Rookery End! Check out my web site for the chance to win a copy of Midsummer Eve AND my Regency romance The Paradise Will, published by Robert Hale.

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